Bellarmine Edges Fairfield to Get Third ECAC Win
from press release
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Bellarmine University Knights edged the Fairfield University Stags by a score of 8-7 on Saturday at Alumni Field in Fairfield. The Knights used a four goal first quarter to gain momentum and capture their third Eastern College Athletic Conference win of the season.
Bellarmine jumped out to the early lead thanks to first quarter tallies from Chad Mitchell, Karsen Leung, Michael Ward and Cameron Gardner. Fairfield's Jordan Greenfield was able to net a goal for the Stags in the first quarter on an extra man opportunity to bring the first quarter to a close at 4-1.
Fairfield was able to close the gap at 4-2 after striking first in the second quarter on an unassisted goal from Drew Federico. Bellarmine responded to the Stags' comeback effort by scoring back-to-back goals from Leung and senior Lance Robinson.
With :48 seconds to play in the half Fairfield again attempted to claw their way back and tallied another goal to cut the halftime deficit to three at 6-3.
The game was a tale of two halves, as Bellarmine controlled the first thirty minutes so did Fairfield to the second thirty.
After Robinson started the second half scoring with his second tally of the afternoon, Fairfield's Tristan Sperry answered with back-to-back goals of his own to trim the margin to two at 5-7.
Bellarmine would find the scoresheet one more time as Brogan Hill's unassisted goal with almost ten minutes to play would end up being the game winner for the Knights.
The last 6:17 of the game would not be comfortable for Bellarmine as Fairfield's Sperry completed his hat-trick and put the Stags down just one goal. The Knights, in part thanks to Dillon Ward's five fourth quarter saves, were able to hold on and claim victory at 8-7.
The Knights had good games offensively from Robinson, who tallied two goals on just three shots, and Leung who moved away from his regular distributor role and scored two goals as well.
The Knights outstanding goalkeeper Ward played well again stopping 17 shots on the day. Sophomore LSM Bobby Schmitt also contributed in the Knights' victory handing out two assists, scooping up four groundballs and causing three turnovers.
Bellarmine now moves to 7-2 (3-2 ECAC) on the season and will look to win consecutive ECAC games when they travel to Denver to take on the Pioneers Sunday Apr. 7 at noon.