March 5, 2013

Big Second Quarter Helps Bellarmine Beat Detroit

from press release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bellarmine University Knights beat the University of Detroit Mercy Titans 10-4 under a steady rainfall on Tuesday in Louisville.

Thanks to big games from Lance Robinson (3g, 1a), Cameron Gardner (3g), Ryan Scinta (1g, 2a) and Karsen Leung (4a) the Knights now move to 4-1 on the season (1-1 ECAC).

The scoring started slowly with each team only able to score one goal in the first quarter. For Bellarmine, it was Brogan Hill netting his second tally of the season to claim the lead, but the lead would be short-lived. The Titans answered back with a goal from Ryan Callaghan to tie the game at 1-1 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter witnessed an offensive eruption by Bellarmine, the Knights scoring six times in the period.
Started off by a man-up goal from Gardner, the Knights strung together four straight goals before the Titans could answer back with a tally of their own.

After another goal by Gardner, Robinson completed his hat-trick with nine seconds to play in the half, giving the Knights a 7-2 lead at intermission.

The teams traded goals in the third quarter but it was Bellarmine's man-up unit, and Gardner, getting on the scoreboard first to kick off the third quarter scoring.

The last two games Bellarmine has gotten their man-up offense rolling after starting the season going 0-8 on man-up opportunities in their first three games. Against Loyola the Knights went 2-3 on their man-advantage offense and against Detroit scored on two of four man-up situations.

Going into the fourth quarter BU had a comfortable lead at 8-3 and tacked on two more goals, one from Scinta and another from Chad Mitchell, before Detroit finished the scoring with a goal from Nick Melucci.

The Knights defensive unit played exceptionally well on Tuesday against Detroit Mercy. Senior goalkeeper Dillon Ward stopped 18 shots on the day, tied for the second highest single-game save total of his career.

Sophomore defender Michael Bender also played a strong game for the Knights scoring a goal, picking up four groundballs and causing two turnovers. Bender leads Bellarmine in caused turnovers, with nine on the season, and is second in groundballs with 15.

For the Titans, who now drop to 0-5 on the season, sophomore Mike Birney played a solid game from the midfield. Birney was able to tally a goal and dish out two assists against the Knights. Titans' goalkeeper Chris Kelly stood tall and stopped 14 shots on the afternoon as well.

The Knights will take the field again on Saturday March 9th against Air Force. Faceoff will be at noon at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville.


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