April 21, 2012

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Wong Goal With 12 Seconds Left Lifts Bellarmine

from press release

DETROIT — Jordan Wong's goal with just 12 seconds remaining was the game-winner as the Bellarmine University lacrosse team roared back from an 8-4 deficit by scoring five times in the game's last 4:05 to escape with a 9-8 victory over the University of Detroit-Mercy in an NCAA Division I non-conference game at Titan Field.

"It feels great to finally come through and complete the comeback," said Bellarmine Coach Kevin Burns. "I'm very proud of the guys. They never gave up and just kept battling—just as they have all year," Burns added.

After Bellarmine opened the game's scoring on a Cameron Gardner goal at the 7:56 mark of the first quarter, Detroit seized control with three straight goals and sent on to take a 5-2 lead into halftime.

The Knights cut it to 6-4 at the end of three quarters, but the Titans appeared to take control with two early fourth quarter goals to extend the lead to 8-4 at the 11:52 mark. The game was scoreless for the next 7:47 until Wong passed to Lance Robinson for a goal at the 4:05 mark.

Exactly one minute later, Wong connected for his first score of the year to bring the Knights to within two at 8-6. Next, Colton Clark kept the Bellarmine comeback alive by scoring off a Gardner pass with just 2:18 remaining.

Detroit won the ensuing face-off, but Dillon Ward came up with the save after a quick Titan shot, but Titans' A.J. Levell came up with a save on the other end. After a Detroit turnover, Bellarmine took possession with 49 seconds to go. A quick shot by Bellarmine's Michael Ward's shot was deflected by Levell, but Wong picked up the ground ball and got it back to Michael Ward for his game-tying goal at the 37-second mark.

After the Titans won the face-off Bellarmine got the turnover as Colton Clark collected the ground ball and got it to Wong for his game-winning goal at 00:12.

Wong, Michael Ward, and Clark led the Bellarmine attack as all three players scored two goals and each recorded an assist. The Titans were led by Shayne Adams, who picked up the hat trick with three goals and dished off an assist.

With the win, Bellarmine improves to 4-7 on the year while the Titans fall to 6-7.

The Knights will conclude their season next Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at No. 8 Maryland.


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