Bellarmine Holds Off Air Force
from press release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bellarmine University Knights lacrosse team was able to hold off a third quarter run by Air Force to come away with the 11-10 win on Saturday.
Playing their third game in the last seven days, the Knights came out and immediately started putting pressure on the Falcons. Bellarmine's early intensity kept Air Force off the scoreboard for nearly 29 minutes to begin the game.
The Knights struck first, seven minutes into the game with a goal from Ryan Scinta. After back-to-back goals from Cameron Gardner, Trevor Timmerberg, Lance Robinson and Will Cary also all managed to find the back of the net for Bellarmine in the first half.
With 1:32 to play in the half Air Force found their stride and managed to score a goal courtesy of sophomore Ryland De Pol to cut the margin to 6-1 at the break.
Air Force came out of the locker room ready to play in the third quarter and scored two quick goals in the first two minutes of the half to cut the lead to three at 6-3.
The teams would trade goals; scoring two more each, before the Falcons went on a three goal run and closed the gap, tying the game at 8-8.
Bellarmine was able to tally two more scores, taking a 10-8 lead, before the third quarter scoring finished with an unassisted goal from Air Force's star attackman Keith Dreyer.
Going into the final period 10-9 neither team had the momentum in their favor, but it was Bellarmine and Robinson who scored an early goal and took a two goal cushion over the Falcons at 11-9.
Air Force, determined to fight back, pressured on the offensive end and were able to score one more unassisted goal from Mike Crampton to finish the scoring 11-10.
Bellarmine was led on the day by their attack unit, who statistically had the biggest output of the season. Robinson found the back of the net three times (scoring on all three of his shot attempts) and also dished out two assists. Senior Michael Ward also had a big day scoring twice and handing out three helpers. The third member of the attack unit, Gardner, also managed to record a hat-trick on the day on just five shots.
The Knights defense played well despite the big third quarter from the Falcons. Sophomore LSM Bobby Schmitt caused four turnovers on Saturday and also scooped up six groundballs. Defender Michael Bender also played well, recording an assist, five groundballs and two caused turnovers with his long-pole.
A big reason Bellarmine was able to pull out the win was thanks to the play at the faceoff "x" down the stretch from David Herring. Herring came in and won all three of his faceoffs in the fourth quarter, securing valuable possessions for the Knights.
Coach Kevin Burns was proud of the team play by the Knights, and after their win awarded the game ball to the entire team instead of an individual player. "The guys were able to stick together and capture a big team win despite a furious comeback by Air Force."
Despite the loss, the Falcons, who now move to 4-2 (0-1 ECAC) had a few bright spots on the day. Junior attackman Mike Crampton scored two goals, extending his goal scoring streak to 22 straight games. Sophomore Keith Dreyer also had a huge day netting two goals and dishing out three assists.
The Knights (5-1, 2-1 ECAC) will take the field again Saturday Mar. 16 against Mercer at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville at 1 p.m.
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