LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bellarmine used a dominating second quarter to take control and never looked back on the way to a 13-5 victory over the St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon in the Bluegrass State.
The Knights (2-2) took the lead early, winning the opening faceoff and marching down field where Landon Trout found the back of the cage 42 seconds in. Trout scored again at the 6:45 mark for a 2-0 lead, but the Bonnies defense generally remained strong through the opening 15 minutes. Unfortunately for the Brown and White, the Knights would take over in the second quarter.
After Bellarmine extended its lead to five just over five minutes into the second quarter, Brett Beetow sent in a sweep shot that was kicked away by the goalie, keeping the Bonnies off the board.
Bellarmine scored five times in the second on goals from five different players before the Bonnies would crack into the scoring column. It would be Beetow who got the Bonnies on the board with his first collegiate goal, driving a long shot into the back of the cage off a feed from Ben Garcia who also tallied his first point as the Knights took an 8-1 lead to halftime.
Austin Blumbergs, making his 2020 debut, posted a goal early in the third quarter and the 8-2 score held for several minutes before the Knights tallied two strikes 43 seconds apart to get into double digits.
From there the Knights never gave up their handle on the contest, though several Bonnies did break through with their first career points.
In addition to Beetow and Garcia, Jake Emmick and Mark Belles posted their first goals for the Bonnies. Bryan Rafferty and Brady Wijbrandts each handed out assists to get into the scoring column for the first time as well.
Bellarmine owned a 49-27 advantage in shots and took 18 of 22 wins at the faceoff X. St. Bonaventure was successful in 23 of 27 clear attempts while Bellarmine went 17-for-23.
St. Bonaventure (0-2) next makes a flight to Denver to play in the prestigious Denver Faceoff Classic next weekend. The Bonnies will take on the host Pioneers Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time before playing against Air Force at the same time Sunday.
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