Bellarmine shines Bright in season opener with 9-6 win
(Courtesy: Bellarmine Sports Information)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bellarmine University lacrosse team opened the 2011 season with a 9-6 victory over visiting University of Detroit Mercy on Saturday at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.
Austin Bright scored a trio of goals, including the first goal of the game with 10:46 remaining in the opening quarter. Bright's three goals were scored on four total shots, and he also recorded a ground ball.
The game was the head coaching debut for Bellarmine's Bart Sullivan, who had been an assistant coach for the squad during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Bellarmine trailed 2-1 late in the first quarter before unleashing a three-goal barrage from Karsen Leung (extra-man advantage), Bright, and Ted Avendt to take a lead the home team would never relinquish.
Avendt added a second goal with 5:25 to play in the contest, giving the Knights their largest lead of the game at 8-5 until Andrew Wolford extended the margin with 2:56 remaining.
The Titans outshot Bellarmine 33-27, and collected 31 ground balls, compared to the Knights' 26. Detroit won the faceoff margin 11-8, but could not contain the Knights' clear attempts, allowing 13 clears in 14 opportunities.
Goalie Dillon Ward saved eight shots on the day to earn the win for Bellarmine. A.J. Levell saved seven shots for the Titans, who fell to 0-3 on the young season.
The Knights (1-0) return to action on Saturday for a game against Mercer University. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Frazier Stadium.