Bellarmine Notches Impressive Win at Dartmouth
from press release
HANOVER, N.H.—The Bellarmine University lacrosse team scored three goals in the span of just 14 seconds in the early stages of the fourth quarter to go ahead of the Dartmouth Big Green by three and held on to win 12-10 in a non-conference Division I game at Scully Fahey Field.
Bellarmine improved to an even 2-2, while Dartmouth suffered its first loss of season and falls to 2-1.
For Bellarmine, the win was significant for several reasons. First, they were playing short on rest due to their game against Loyola being delayed from Friday to Saturday due to severe weather. Perhaps more significant was the fact that the Knights got a road win over a quality opponent .
"(Dartmouth) is a very good team," said Bellarmine Coach Kevin Burns. "They have beaten some pretty good teams already this year. "I'm really happy with our guys; they fought for the entire 60 minutes. I thought this was our most complete game of the year," he added.
Bellarmine's Michael Ward picked up the hat trick to lead the Knights in scoring, while Mike Olentine of Dartmouth claimed game-high points with three goals and two assists.
The game was tight throughout, as neither team could claim better than a 2-goal lead. Bellarmine enjoyed a 4-3 halftime lead, but Dartmouth scored three straight to take a 6-5 lead with 6:14 remaining the third period.
After the teams traded goals, freshman Robert Schmitt scored his first goal of the season (and his career) as time expired in the third quarter.
Bellarmine's burst in the fourth quarter gave the Knights a 10-7 lead with 11:37 remaining in the game. Facing their biggest deficit of the game, the Big Green rallied for two straight goals to trim the margin to one. Ward and Ryan Scinta added goals inside of two minutes to reestablish a 3-goal lead. The Big Green's Olentine added a goal with 47 seconds remaining to make the final 12-10.
"Up and down the lineup, I thought everyone played pretty well," Burns said. "Andrew Bulgarellidid a nice job with face-offs today. I think it's the first time this year we've been over 50 percent."
Burns also singled out Jay Desnoyers for postgame accolades. "(Desnoyers) got the start today and not only did he get his first collegiate goal, but he got his first two goals."
Bellarmine was outshot 41-29 on the day, but the Knights owned a 39-22 advantage in ground balls. The visitors also held a 15-11 edge in face-offs won.
The Knights are back in action Feb. 17, when they travel to Ann Arbor to face ECAC newcomer Michigan for a 3 p.m. game. Because Michigan is in its provisional year, the game will not count in the conference standings.