Knights victorious in McGetrick's return to Hartford
Courtesy of Bellarmine Athletics
WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—The Bellarmine University lacrosse
scored the final two goals of the game to post an 8-7 win over
Hartford today at the rain-soaked Al Marzook Field.
The Knights’ Sean Doyle scored each of the final two goals of the game, and Bellarmine goalie Scott Bowles registered four saves in the game’s final 3:39 to preserve the win. The Knights were led by seniors Chase Williams (2 goals, 3 assists) and Shane Andersen (3 goals, 1 assist).
Bellarmine (4-3) bolted to a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the contest, forcing Hartford (1-4) to utilize the remainder of the first stanza as well as the second quarter to claw back from the early deficit. Hartford knotted the score at 4-4 heading into the halftime break.
Bellarmine opened the third with an unassisted score by Williams to give the Knights the lead. Hartford’s Jared Franze answered for the Hawks, and the team’s again traded goals to end the third period tied at 6-6.
Hartford struck first in the final period and held a 7-6 lead with 13:47 to play. Bellarmine’s Sean Doyle then heated up. The senior scored the game-tying goal at the 8:38 mark; he then scored the game-winner with 3:39 remaining.
This afternoon’s match-up served as a homecoming for Bellarmine head coach Jack McGetrick who spent 11 seasons as the Hawks’ head coach. The 1997 NCAA Coach of the Year is Hartford’s winningest lacrosse coach in the program’s Division I history, posting 87 victories including eight seasons with a .500 or better record.
Last year, McGetrick was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Half of the proceeds from today’s game – a total of $2,362 – were donated to the “Everyone Works for Jack” fund, a campaign that has been ignited by collegiate lacrosse coaches across the country to help alleviate McGetrick’s costly medical bills as well as other lacrosse coaches who are in financial need.
Bellarmine returns to action on March 21 when the Knights host Robert Morris at 1 p.m. in Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.