April 1, 2014

Bellarmine Knocks Off Marquette 10-7

from press release

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – There was no shame in getting beaten by the 16th-ranked team in the country, but certainly the Bellarmine University lacrosse team could not accept the three-goal effort the Knights produced against Fairfield University on Saturday at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.

Bellarmine turned its frustration into motivation on Tuesday when the Knights visited Marquette, which was coming off a history making victory over Rutgers in which the Golden Eagles posted their first-ever BIG EAST Conference win. Bellarmine reversed the high and low feelings of the two teams with a 10-7 triumph that snapped the Knights' four-game losing streak.

All four of Bellarmine's losses came in Eastern College Athletic Conference play. However, the Knights (5-4) are undefeated against non-conference foes, with Marquette (3-7) becoming the latest victim. Bellarmine has been fairly dominant in those out-of-league clashes, winning all five by three goals or more.

On Tuesday, Marquette took the early 1-0 lead before Bellarmine established itself in commanding fashion. The Knights reeled off the next four goals to grab a promising lead at the 11:28 mark of the second quarter. The Golden Eagles scored three of the next four goals to cut Bellarmine's advantage to 5-4 early in the third quarter, but the Knights responded with three unanswered goals in a pivotal stretch that powered them to the victory.

Freshman attack Tucker Ciessau and senior attack Chad Mitchell combined to help account for nine of Bellarmine's 10 goals. Ciessau netted a game-high four goals, while Mitchell added two along with three assists. Junior midfielders Ryan Scinta and Daniel Zamora, senior attack Cameron Gardner and freshman attack Austin Shanks each tallied one goal for the Knights.

The seven goals allowed tied for the second stingiest performance on defense of the season for Bellarmine. Senior goalie Will Haas piled up 13 saves. The Knights scooped up more ground balls than the Golden Eagles – 33-25 – and won 12 of the 21 face-offs, with junior midfielder Grant Beczkalo excelling by finding success on 12 of 18 attempts.

In the first quarter, Mitchell fed Scinta for the 1-1 tie and Gardner for the go-ahead goal at the 5:59 mark. The Knights led the rest of the way, with Ciessau providing an early cushion with consecutive goals for a 4-1 advantage with 11:28 left in the second period. Ciessau's first goal resulted from a pass by Scinta, giving the Knights three assists on their first three scores.

After Marquette scored twice, Shanks posted his 15th goal of the season leading to a 5-3 advantage at halftime. The Golden Eagles then opened the third quarter with their fourth goal at the 12:52 mark, but the Knights shut out Marquette the rest of the period.

Meanwhile, Bellarmine tacked on three more goals for an 8-4 lead heading into the final quarter. They came from three different sources in Ciessau, Mitchell and Zamora, the latter of whom scored his first goal of the year.

Marquette scored first in the fourth quarter to make it 8-5, but Mitchell put away his 13th goal of the season with 10:26 left. The Golden Eagles made it interesting by scoring twice to cut their deficit to 9-7 with 7:13 left, but again Bellarmine clamped down and didn't allow another goal for the rest of the game. The Knights capped the scoring when Mitchell connected with Ciessau with 33 seconds left for his 21st goal of the season.

Bellarmine plays a second game this week. The Knights will host High Point at 7 p.m., ET on Saturday, April 5 in their home finale at Frazier Stadium.

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