A fourth quarter comeback attempt fell short as the Bellarmine lacrosse team dropped a 9-7 decision to homestanding Michigan on Tuesday afternoon at the Michigan Lacrosse Stadium.
The host Wolverines took a 7-2 advantage into the final period, but the Knight fought back to trim the lead to just two goals on two separate occasions. However, after a score by BU’s Morgan Macko with 2:19 to play, Michigan won the ensuing faceoff off and essentially killed the clock, taking two shot-clock warnings with the second turning into a violation with just 23 ticks left on the game clock.
The game opened as a defensive struggle with Michigan finally opening the game’s scoring with a goal at the 6:09 mark of the first quarter when Alex Buckanavage netted his second goal of the season.
The home team made it 2-0 two minutes later as Brent Noseworthy collected his sixth goal of the season in just his second game.
Bellarmine was shut out in the opening quarter, but freshman Landon Trout pulled the Knights to within one early in the second quarter with his fourth goal in his brief career. Michigan responded with two more goals before Brian Wall trimmed the Wolverine lead to 4-2 with his first goal of the season. However, neither team scored in the final 6:58 of the opening half, and the teams went into halftime with that same 4-2 score.
The third quarter was all Michigan on the scoreboard. Despite recording eight shots apiece in the third frame, the Wolverines were the only ones to find the back of the net as they scored three times to take a 7-2 leading heading to the final period.
The Knights scored the first two goals in the final stanza with Macko and Will Roshkowski doing the honors to pull BU within three at 7-4.
After Noseworthy struck again for the Wolverines, Bellarmine again scored two straight to get within two at 8-6 with 5:17 to play.
Michigan won the faceoff, and then was able to run more than a minute off the clock before Rocco Sutherland gave the home team a three-goal advantage with just 3:43 remaining.
Although the Knights lost the faceoff, Michigan turned it over to give the Knights an opportunity. Bellarmine, however, couldn’t convert on two quick shots with Macko netting the game’s final score with 2:19 on the clock.
For the game, Michigan (2-0) owned advantages in virtually every statistical category: shots (36-32), saves (10-6), ground balls (26-19), and face-offs (11-9). While Bellarmine (0-2) committed one fewer turnover (16-17), the Wolverines recorded a better success rate on clears, converting 19 of 22 compared to just 12 of 17 for the Knights.
Leading scorers in the game were Noseworthy with three goals for Michigan while Macko (2 G, 1A) and Trout (1 G, 2A) each recorded three points for Bellarmine.
Michigan’s Matt Trowbridge worked all 60 minutes in goal to pick up the win, and Bellarmine’s Jordan Dondoyano took the loss after also logging all 60 minutes.
The Knights return to action on Saturday as they host the Vikings of Cleveland State in a 1 p.m. game at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.
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by John Spugnardi