Returning home before a lengthy road stretch, the Bellarmine lacrosse team will look for its first win of the season on Saturday as the Knights host Cleveland State in a 1 p.m. game at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.
Bellarmine, which comes in 0-2 after dropping games to Robert Morris and Michigan, is being paced by a freshman offensively. Landon Trout, a first-year player from Columbus, Ohio, has four goals and three assists over the first two games to lead the Knights in both categories. Sophomore Morgan Macko is just one goal shy of duplicating Trout’s stats and has six points on the season.
Josh Wehn has three caused turnovers and four ground balls to lead the Bellarmine defense. Sophomore Jordan Dondoyano has logged the most minutes for the Knights in goal and has a goals-against average of 7.20. Redshirt freshman Ian Reilly also has spent some time between the pipes, accumulating 10 saves in 45 minutes against Robert Morris.
At the face-off “X,” the Knights are just one win shy of a 50 percent success rate, while Cleveland State is at 44 percent on the year.
The Vikings, who are playing just their second season of NCAA Division I lacrosse, will enter the game 0-3 on the season. Cleveland State opened with losses to Ohio State and Michigan then dropped a 10-9 overtime decision to Mercer .
A pair of freshmen are leading the Cleveland State attack over the first three games with Derek Radke (5 assists) and Michael Wilson (4 goals, 1 assist) each totaling five points on the season. Zach Whitenack is tied with Wilson for the team lead in goals with four.
Defensively, Skylar Jimenez has four caused turnovers to lead the Vikings. At goalie, three different players have logged significant minutes for Cleveland State with sophomores Marshal Amon and Caleb Espinoza sharing the team lead with nine saves apiece.
Although Saturday’s game will be the first official meeting between the Knights and the Vikings, the teams did square off last season in an exhibition with BU coming up with a 13-7 win behind a five-goal effort from Tucker Ciessau.
The Bellarmine-Cleveland State contest will be the last game in Frazier Stadium for the Knights in more than a month. Bellarmine is listed as the home team in the February 24 game against Manhattan, but that will be played at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, which is just outside of Philadelphia. The Knights’ next true home game is March 31 against Air Force.
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by John Spugnardi