2020 Schedule Preview: Bellarmine Knights

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The Bellarmine Knights are the 47th DI team to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Knights come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 3-10 overall, 3-4 in SoCon play, and missed the SoCon tournament for the third consecutive season. Bellarmine had a coach change over the summer as Jim Mitchell stepped down following just one year. Andy Whitley was hired as the fifth head coach in Bellarmine lacrosse history.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Bellarmine Knights”

2020 Schedule Preview: Furman Paladins

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The Furman Paladins are the 43rd DI team in our schedule preview series. The Paladins come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign which saw them go 4-10 overall and 2-5 in the SoCon. Furman missed the SoCon tournament for the first time since 2017. Additionally, the Paladins won two non-conference games for the first time in program history last season.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Furman Paladins”

Early Contenders: SoCon

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As the calendar turns to November it marks the end of fall ball and the beginning of, essentially, the pre-season for NCAA lacrosse. While it is still early and there is only so much you can take from fall ball scrimmages, let’s take a look at who some of the early contenders in each conference are. Continue reading “Early Contenders: SoCon”

Richmond Takes Down High Point, Wins Second Consecutive SoCon Title

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The Richmond Spiders took down the High Point Panthers to capture the SoCon championship and punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament, their second time in a row doing so. Richmond’s defense was stellar as they rarely let High Point have a settled possession and kept Asher Nolting pretty quiet. The Panthers did shoot themselves in the foot multiple times as well. 

Richmond was led by Ryan Lanchbury who tallied 5 points (3G,2A) in the win. Teddy Hatfield tallied a hat-tick as well with three goals on the day. In cage, Jack Rusbuldt made 14 saves to anchor the Spiders defense. 

For High Point, they were led by Asher Nolting who had 5 points (1G,4A) for the Panthers. Chris Young and Sean Coughlin each had two goals as well. In cage Tim Troutner Jr. made 10 saves for the Panthers. 

In the first quarter, the Spiders got on the board first ad the Panthers followed. Richmond then went on an absolute tear as they went on a three-goal run from midway though the first until midway though the second. That run helped them take a 3-1 lead at the end of the first and helped them keep piling on.

High Point finally woke up in the second as they went on a three-goal run of their own, tying things up at 4 late in the second quarter. Richmond was able to get a late goal in the final minutes of the period to take a 5-4 lead at the half. Both sides took a lot of momentum into the half, but Richmond came out even more jacked.

The Spider started the third quarter off with three quick goals to take an 8-4 lead with 12:13 in the third. That Richmond run was initiated by a terrifying ride they used to swarm all over the Panthers. After a lot of back-and-forth play Richmond scored again late in the third to take a 9-4 lead late in quarter. After a long possession and a lot of ball movement Asher Nolting found Chris Young on the crease to get High Point’s offense going once again. Richmond answered right off the faceoff with Nick D’Amaro taking it right down the middle for the score.

Coming into the fourth down 10-5 High Point came out with a lot of urgency. They scored very quickly to cut the lead to 10-6. Richmond answered with two goal back-to-back from Mitch Savoca and Teddy Hatfield to push their lead out to 12-6 midway though the fourth. The Spiders extended their run to four goals before High Point got themselves on the board again late in the quarter. Richmond got the last of the game, scoring with just :35 on the clock to secure the 15-7 win over the panthers. 

Big Third Quarter Pushes Richmond Past Bellarmine

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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. 

Detroit Mercy Edges Bellarmine in Road Victory

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It was a chilly one in Louisville,Ky as the Detroit Mercy Titans defeated the Bellarmine Knights in a tight back-and-forth contest. It was a Matthew Vangalen goal that secured the win in the final seconds for the Titans. 

Detroit Mercy was led by Matthew Vangalen and Brett Erskine on the offensive end. Vangalen notched 8 points (3G,A), while Erskine tallied 6 points (5G,1A) in the win. Alex Jarzembowski was the difference in this game, winning a school record 27-33 faceoffs for the Titans. In goal, Logan Shamblin made 9 saves on the day. 

Bellarmine was led by Riley Seay as he tallied 7 points (5G,2A). Ian Miller tallied 4 points (2G,2A) and Blake Roshkowski had a hat trick as well. Jordan Dondoyano made 20 saves for the Knights. 

This game started off quickly with Ian Miller putting the Knights on the board first. Matthew Vangalen answered just a few minutes later for the Titans to make it a 1-1 tie. A three goal run for the Knights put them up 4-1 with 3:33 in the first. Riley Seay had two goals during that three goals run. Two goals from Titans late in the first cut it to a one goal 4-3 Bellarmine lead heading into the second. 

In the second it was a very back-and-forth game of runs with a lot of transition play. Bellarmine started out with two goals early to go up 5-3. Detroit Mercy answered with two inside goals to make it a one goal game. Bellarmine ended the half with a lot of energy after getting two late goals to go up 8-5 at the half. 

Detroit Mercy took over in the third as they were winning in every facet of the game. The Titans were able to use their successes on the defensive end to fuel a great offense showing. 

After Bellarmine got the first goal of the third, Detroit Mercy went on a three goal run to cut the Bellarmine lead to 9-8. Brett Erskine caught fire, scoring two of the three goals for the Titans during that run. Riley Seay was able to stop the bleeding for the Knights, but the Titans answered quickly. 

Another three goal run for the Titans midway through the third gave Detroit Mercy their first lead of the game, going up 11-10 with 4:09 left in the third. It was Seth Mendell that got hot during that Titans run as he scored two of the three goals. Morgan Mack tied the game at 11 for Bellarmine late in the fourth.

Fans inside Owsley B. Frazier Stadium were on the edge of their seats throughout the fourth quarter with each team striking back and one another. Brett Erskine gave the Detroit Mercy the lead back 12-11 with an early fourth quarter goal. 

Bellarmine gained a ton of energy midway though the fourth with a few great defensive stops and momentum changing saves from Dondoyano. Blake Roshkowski got Knights fans up and on their feet with two huge outside rips to give Bellarmine the 13-12 lead. The Titans striked back with two goals courtesy of Seth Mendell and Brett Erskine to take back the lead 14-13 with 6:35 in the fourth. 

After some huge stops from both defenses the Bellarmine offense woke up with a Riley Seay goal to tie things up at 14 all with :45 in the fourth. Detroit Mercy won the faceoff and was able to get the ball inside for a Matthew Vangalen for the game winning goal with :9 on the clock. The Titans walked away with the very close 15-14 win. 

Both squads will be in action next week as Detroit Mercy travels to Air Force on March 6th and Bellarmine travels to Utah on March 9th.





Troutner’s 19 Saves Lead High Point to Road Victory Over Duke

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The High Point Panthers marched into Durham, NC on Wednesday night and took down the number 2 ranked Duke Blue Devils by a score of 13-9. After a very tight first three quarter the Panthers pulled away early in the fourth and held their course to pull out their biggest win in program history. 

High Point was led by redshirt senior attackman Chris Young who tallied 5 points (4G,1A). Ben Baker put up 3 goals while Asher Nolting had 5 points (3G,2A). Senior Tim Trouter stood on his head as he racked up 19 saves with a .679 save percentage. 

Duke saw Brad Smith back on the field after sitting out over the weekend with a foot injury, but it was Joey Manown that led that offense. Manown had 5 points (4G,1A) while Jake Seau tallied 3 points (2G,1A) as well. Turner Uppgren made 10 saves in goal. Jt Giles-Harris and Cade Van Raphorst also helped carry the defense. 

High Point got off to a very hot start with two goals coming from Chris Young and Ben Baker to go up 2-0 with 6:52 in the first. Joey Manown was able to finally get Duke o the board and make it 2-1 with 4:03 in the first. Ton end the first both defenses would hold their own, especially the goalies, and prevent the opposing offense to get any kind of energy.

Early in the second Joey Manown would score his second of the day to tie up at 2-2. High Point answered almost immediately with a Ricky Koehler bouncer on the inside to go back up 3-2. After multiple defensive stops Duke was able to finally find some energy as they got two straight goals coming from Joey Manown and Nakeie Montgomery. That Montgomery goal from the outside gave Duke their first lead of the game at 4-3. 

Late in the second quarter High Point would catch fire as they chewed the Duke defense to end the half. The Panther got two goals from Dalton Sulver and Asher Nolting to give them a 5-4 lead heading into the half. 

After a defensive heavy first half where both goalies seemed to be writing the script the offense would come alive in the second half, especially late in the third and in the fourth quarter. 

It was a slow start for both offenses in the third as the defense on both sides were playing stellar. There were a ton of turnovers as well as stops and saves in transition that really made it fun to watch. Duke found their offense first as CJ Carpenter scored to tie it up at 5-5 with 3:43 in the third. Right off the faceoff High Point would answer with a Ben Baker goal to make it a 6-5 Panther lead. Jake Seau ended the third with a goal to make it a 6-6 tie heading into the fourth. 

The fourth and final quarter of play was a ton of fun as both offenses got off to a fast start and the way it ended pretty much the same way. Reilly Walsh got the fourth started with a goal to give Duke a 7-6 lead, and their last lead of the game.

High Point went on a total tear on offense and defense as they outplayed Duke in every facet down the stretch. A six goal run would petty much seal the deal as High Point held a 12-7 lead with 9:03 in the fourth. During that run the Panthers just shredded the Duke defense inside and out. 

Chris Young and Koby Russell had two goals while Asher Nolting and Ben Baker had one a piece during that huge run for the Panthers. 

Duke was able to find some late energy with goals coming from Jake Seau and Joey Manown to make it a 12-9 game. However, Chris Young put the icing on the cake with an empty netter at the 2:12 mark to put this one in the bag and give High Point the win. 

Duke will be in action on Saturday at Jacksonville and High Point will have their next game on February 16th at Drexel.



Duke Takes on High Point in Mid-week Contest


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The Duke Blue Devils will welcome the High Point Panthers to Durham on Wednesday as these two teams faceoff in the first mid-week game of the 2019 season. Both Duke and High Point are coming off of pretty dominating wins over the weekend. 

High Point defeated St. Bonaventure on Saturday morning at home by a score of 13-0. Duke faced Furman on the road Saturday night where they took down the Paladins 17-9 to open the season. That win also made John Danowski the first DI head coach to reach 400 wins.

The Blue Devils relied on sophomore attackman Joe Robertson who tallied 5 points (4G,1A) in Saturday’s win. Senior midfielder Jake Seau and sophomore midfielder Cameron Badour also played very well in Saturday’s win. The Blue Devils will be looking to lean on those guys again on Wednesday for offensive production. Reilly Walsh, Joey Manown, and Kevin Quigley should also be factors as well. 

Duke’s defense was very effective on Saturday, as expected, and they look to ride that wave into Wednesday’s home opener as well. The three-headed monster of JT Giles-Harris, Cade Van Raphorst, and Jack Fowler looks to come alive again in game two of the season. In game one it was Fowler that led the way, but really it could be anyone’s game on any given day. 

Turner Uppgren will be holding down the fort in cage on Wednesday after a good start against Furman on Saturday. Uppgren tallied 7 saves on Saturday to start off his senior campaign. Uppgren looks to improve here early on a the Blue Devils head into game two.

Note: There has been no update on the status of Duke senior midfielder Brad Smith who missed Saturday’s game with a foot injury. 

High Point is led by star-studded sophomore attackman Asher Nolting as he got his season off to a hot start with a hat trick against St. Bonaventure. In addition to Nolting the Panthers relied heavily on senior attackman Chris Young as the Ontario native tallied 4 goals in the Panthers opener against St. Bonaventure. Junior attackman Ben Baker also looks to make an impact against the Blue Devils as well. 

Defensively High Point leans on junior Luke Cappetto and senior Griffin Caligiuri as two of their leaders on that end of the field. They both played very well on Saturday disrupting that St. Bonaventure defense and helping to hold them scoreless. 

In cage Tim Trouter will face his first “real” test of the season, and a pretty big one, against the Blue Devils. The senior had a 100% save percentage on Saturday, obviously. He looks to step it up a notch against Duke.

The number 2 ranked Blue Devils are huge favorites in this game, but Duke has been beaten by a SoCon team in February in the past, and High Point has beaten an ACC team as well. 

In the last meeting between these two schools, in 2018, the Blue Devils dominated as they took the game 18-6. Duke has actually beaten High Point every year since 2015. The closet High Point has come to knocking off the Blue Devils was in 2016 when they only lost 16-13.

You can watch this game via ESPN + with Faceoff is set at 7:00pm ET. 


Wagner Skids Past Bellarmine in Overtime Defensive Battle

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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. 

Both teams will be in action next Saturday on the road as Bellarmine will travel to Marquette and Wagner will be at Manhattan.