March 4, 2014

Bellarmine Still Unbeaten After Beating Detroit

from press release

PONTIAC, Mich. - Bellarmine University's lacrosse team moved to 4-0 on the season as the Knights used a big third quarter to claim a 12-8 victory over the Detroit Titans this afternoon in a game played indoors at the Ultimate Soccer Arena.

Bellarmine freshman Tucker Ciessau notched four goals for the third time this season while senior Chad Mitchell supplied four assists. Detroit (2-3) was paced by Alex Maini's two goals and two assists.

The Titans jumped out to quick 1-0 lead scoring the first of four man-up goals less than a minute and a half into the game. Bellarmine responded with three goals in a row, but Detroit Mercy scored two late second quarter goals to pull even at three apiece heading into halftime.

After the break, Bellarmine went on a 5-0 run to take control of the game with an 8-3 lead. The teams traded goals in the final 1:06 of the third quarter, and the Knights went into the final frame with a 9-4 cushion. Bellarmine scored the first two goals of the period to extend their lead to 11-4. However, the host Titans put together a string of four in a row to close the gap to just three before Dylan Gatt ended the game's scoring with a goal with just five seconds remaining.

"We sort of put it all together in the third quarter," said Bellarmine Coach Kevin Burns. "I thought our middies did a good job of moving the ball and getting us some scoring opportunities. (Daniel) Zamora and (Bobby) Schmitt did a nice job on the wings."

Burns added, "The defense played really, really well, and Will Haas did another good job in the cage for us. We also did a good job with the faceoffs for the second game in a row."

The Knights held a 40-27 shot advantage, including 27-19 in shots on goal. Both goalies registered double-digit saves with Detroit's Jason Weber collecting 15 and Haas denying the Titans 11 times.

Bellarmine's Stephen Soriano won 12 of 18 faceoffs, and as a team, Bellarmine took 13 of 21 for the game.

In addition to Ciessau and Mitchell's four-point games, five players contributed two points apiece: Austin Shanks and Dylan Gatt registered two goals each, while Nate Blue, Ryan Scinta, and Cameron Gardner all tallied a goal and an assist. Rounding out the Knights' scoring were Brogan Hill with a goal and Schmitt with an assist.

Bellarmine now travels to Colorado for its 2014 ECAC debut against Air Force on Saturday. "This will be a huge game for us," Burns said. "It's a tough game because they have a bunch of four-year starters and are a really solid team, plus we have to travel."

Game time on Saturday is 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET).

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