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Bellarmine Tops Furman, 13-7

from press release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University lacrosse team started slowly, but finished strong in posting a 13-7 victory over visiting Furman University Saturday afternoon in Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.

Five different Knights registered two goals on the game to the led the Bellarmine attack, and Ryan Scinta led all scorers with a pair of assists to go along with two goals. Furman's Kenny Meinsen collected a hat trick while leading the Paladins with three goals.

As in their game last week, the Knights were shut out in the opening quarter as Furman grabbed an early 2-0 lead on goals by Graham Dabbs and Kyle Courtney.

Bellarmine finally got on the board at the 13:04 mark of the second quarter when freshman Austin Shanks converted a pass from Chad Mitchell. The Knights got the equalizer four minutes later as Taylor Stuart netted his first goal of the season.

After Furman took a brief 3-2 lead, Bellarmine scored three in a row to take a 5-3 lead into halftime.

Mitchell extended the Bellarmine lead to three with a goal just 45 seconds into the third period. Furman, which is in its first year of lacrosse, refused to go away, however, closing the gap to 6-5 before the Knights got some separation with four straight goals. Meinsen notched his second goal of the game to bring Furman to within 10-6, but Bellarmine reeled off three straight to put the game away.

For the game, the Paladins outshot their hosts 35-31, but the Knights held a 23-13 shots on goal advantage.

With 14 penalties whistled in the game, Furman had 10 extra man opportunities, but capitalized only twice, and Bellarmine failed to convert on any of their four man-up advantages.

The Knights were definitely the more aggressive team, today, forcing 15 turnovers while only giving it away eight times. Bellarmine also enjoyed a 25-17 groundball advantage.

At the "X," Bellarmine finally got the best of their opponent. After winning just 30 percent of their faceoffs in the first two games of the season, BU won 13 of 23 today, as Stephen Soriano took all but one faceoff.

In the crease, Will Haas picked up his third win of the season while collecting six more saves. On the other side of the field, Jake Gavin took the loss while picking up 10 saves.

Bellarmine improves to 3-0 on the season while Furman is still looking for the program's first victory and sits at 0-5.

The Knights have a busy week coming up with games at Detroit on Tuesday and a trip to Colorado on Saturday to face Air Force in their ECAC debut.

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