Knights roar past Colonials 18-15 with 4th quarter comeback
Courtesy of Bellarmine Athletics
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Bellarmine University lacrosse team came up
with eight fourth quarter goals to blow past the Colonials of
Robert Morris University 18-15 in an NCAA Division I non-conference
matchup today at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.
Entering the final period, Bellarmine (5-3) faced a four-goal deficit at 14-10, but put up seven straight goals to take control of the game.
Robert Morris (5-2) came in with the No. 1 scoring offense in the country, averaging 16.6 goals per game, and the game promised to be a high-scoring affair from the outset as Kiel Matisz found the back of the net for the Colonials just 43 seconds into the game.
It was the home team, however, that would rule the opening quarter, registering six goals in the first 15 minutes. Robert Morris trimmed the lead to 6-3 as Corbyn Tao Brambleby scored with just one second remaining in the period.
The second quarter was dominated by the visitors as Robert Morris roared back to take a 10-8 lead with 4:08 left in the first half. The Knights got a goal from Derek Hopcroft to pull within one at the half.
Bellarmine’s Chase Williams scored just 29 seconds into the third period to knot the score at 10 before the Colonials reeled off four straight goals to end the period up by four.
The Knights started their 7-0 run in the final period when Sean Doyleconverted a pass from Luke Actonto score 44 seconds into the quarter. Bellarmine pulled even at the 6:56 mark as senior midfielder Jarrett Davis scored off an assist from Williams. Sophomore Austin Bright gave Bellarmine the lead for good when his goal with 3:44 remaining made the score 15-14.
Williams was Bellarmine’s offensive leader on the day with seven points (4 goals, 3 assists). The Colonials were led by Matisz with three goals and three assists.
Bellarmine freshman goalie Dillon Ward picked up his first collegiate win, working the final two periods and registering four saves. Dillon Pope worked the full 60 minutes for RMU and was saddled with the loss.
Bellarmine returns to action on Saturday, when they host Presbyterian College in a 1 p.m. contest.