February 12, 2011

Bellarmine Begins Post-McGetrick Era with Win over Detroit Mercy

from staff reports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In its first game since the death of Jack McGetrick, the coach who helped start the program, the Bellarmine men's lacrosse team defeated Detroit Mercy, 9-6, on Saturday at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.

Austin Bright scored three goals for the Knights, who are now under the direction of Bart Sullivan after McGetrick succumbed to cancer in October. Sullivan served as McGetrick's assistant coach the last two years.

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.

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