The Richmond Spiders would use a big third quarter run to help defeat the Bellarmine Knights 16-9 in a conference game on the road. Richmond moves to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the SoCon while Bellarmine drops to 0-8 and 0-2 in the SoCon.
Richmond was led by Ryan Lanchbury with 6 points (4G/2A) and Teddy Hatfield with 6 points (3G/3A). Mitch Savoca also scored 4 goals in the win. Jason Reynolds was big on defense for the Spiders, coming up with 3 ground balls and forcing 2 turnovers. In cage, Blake Goodman made 10 saves.
For Bellarmine they were led by Stephen Votto with 3 goals. Riley Seay and Luke Legnard also tallied 3 points (2G/1A) each. Colin Murray and Josh Wehn were both big on defense, helping to stay on Richmond’s shooters for most of the game. Jordan Dondoyano made 10 saves in cage for the Knights.
After a Drew Petkevich goal to get Richmond on the board first Bellarmine went on a two-goal run, taking a 2-1 lead midway through the first. The rest of the first quarter was pretty back-and-forth as Richmond used a two-goal run near the end to take a 4-3 lead into the second.
Bellarmine came out strong early in the second, taking the lead with Luke Legnard and Landon Trout scoring back to back goals. Richmond answered with two of their own to take the lead once again. It looked like it would be a 7-7 game heading into the half until Mitch Savoca scored with just 8 seconds on the clock to give Richmond an 8-7 lead at the half.
In the second half is where the Spiders prevailed and the Knights seemed to have folded, in some respects. The Spiders continued their run early in the third, taking a 10-7 lead. Riley Seay answered with an outside rip while getting knocked to the ground. The Knights could not convert on the man-up and Richmond continued their onslaught.
Taking a 14-8 lead into the fourth quarter this game was Richmond’s. The Knights had opportunities down the stretch but the Richmond defense prevailed, allowing just one goal in the fourth. The Bellarmine defense seemed to go back to their first half selfs in the fourth, to an extent. That wouldn’t be enough as Richmond walked away 16-9 victors over Bellarmine in a SoCon contest.
Bellarmine will be on the road next Saturday as they take on Mercer and Richmond will be on the road taking on Virginia on Friday.