As the Bellarmine Knights and the Wagner Seahawks took the field on Saturday afternoon in Louisville, KY it was the beginning of a new chapter for both programs. Jim Mitchell at Bellarmine and Bill McCutcheon at Wagner were both entering their first game as a head coach.
The Wagner Seahawks came out on top in overtime of this very defensive heavy game. Goalie Matt Sefcik led the way for the Seahawks as he made 16 saves off of 22 shots on goal, including a huge one to keep the game alive in overtime. Spencer Kaufman tallied 3 goals, including the game winner, for the Seahawks.
Bellarmine saw Ian Reilly make 13 saves off of 20 shots on goal to lead the Knights defense. Attackmen Morgan Macko and Landon Trout lead the Knights offense with two goals a piece.
With a 2-0 lead heading into the second quarter the Knights looked to be somewhat in control on both sides of the field as they were penetrating Wagner’s defense and not letting their offense get any decent looks. Landon trout made it a 3-0 Bellarmine lead with 9:44 in the second.
Coming off that Knights goal the Seahawks would win the faceoff and get a quick goal by way of Dominic Branda to put them on the board. That Branda goal was the start of a three goal run for Wagner where they chewed the Bellarmine defense to make it a 3-3 game heading into the half.
The third quarter started off pretty slow on offensive side of the ball. Both defenses stood tall early on as neither offense could find the back of the net. Spencer Kaufman would finally get the Seahawks rolling with 9:55 in the third to make it a 4-3 Wagner lead. Less than a minute later Landon Trout would net his second of the day to tie it up at 4-4.
Late in the third Stephen Dwyer would find the back of the net for Wagner and Morgan Macko scored for Bellarmine to make it a 5-5 game heading into the fourth. Stephen Votto put Bellarmine back up 6-5 early on in the fourth. After a few minutes of defensive heavy lacrosse Matt Cechini found the back of the net for Wagner to tie it up at 6-6 with 9:01 in the fourth.
The fourth quarter would end with some very aggressive defensive play from both sides as the ball constantly in the middle of the field. There were some very big hits that the sidelines didn’t like, but in the end both held strong as the game headed to overtime.
Right off the bat Matt Sefcik made a huge save for Wagner to keep the game alive early on in overtime. The Knights ride prevailed as they were able to get the ball back very quickly but they could not convert. As Tim Schmidt was falling down he pulled off a pass to Stephen Kaufman who buried it past Ian Reilly for the Wagner win.
Spencer Kaufman (3G) with the game-winner for the Seahawks. First win for Wagner under new head coach Bill McCutcheon. pic.twitter.com/mQeTfObAT6
— The Lacrosse Cave (@LacrosseCave) February 2, 2019
Both teams will be in action next Saturday on the road as Bellarmine will travel to Marquette and Wagner will be at Manhattan.