Bellarmine Lacrosse Falls at No. 9 Princeton
March 24, 2007, PRINCETON, N.J. – Playing their third nationally ranked opponent in their last four outings, the Bellarmine lacrosse team struggled today in a 17-3 defeat at the hands of No. 9 Princeton.
Bellarmine (1-6) did not score until midway through the second period, when sophomore midfielder Matt Holland (Victoria, British Columbia) found the back of the cage on an unassisted goal. By that stage, Bellarmine found themselves down 10 goals as the Tigers (4-2) enjoyed the free flowing contest. Three of Princeton’s last four decisions were one-goal games, including 7-6 losses at Johns Hopkins and Virginia. Today, Princeton out-shot Bellarmine 52-28, including 30 shots on goal, the most Bellarmine has allowed this season.
Holland scored another goal late in the third period, giving him his first multi-goal game of his college career. Adam Gardner (Toronto, Ontario) also added a tally late on a Jamie Floris (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario) assist, giving him a team-high nine goals on the season.
Face-off man Bobby Snider (Calgary, Alberta) turned in another commendable effort, winning 14 of 22 draws (63.6 percent). He and senior midfielder Bryan Brown (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) each scooped up a team-high seven ground balls in the game. Ray Finnegan (Dublin, Ohio) added an assist.
Bellarmine started the game with J.C. Hutchins (Westminster, Md.) in goal. The senior gave up 12 goals while turning away 10 shots in the first half. David Haas (Novi, Mich.) came in to the game in the third period and conceded three scores while turning away two shots. Freshman A.J. Smith (Urbana, Md.) cleaned up in the final period, allowing two Tiger scores, while saving one shot.
Bellarmine was whistled for nine penalties in the game and killed five of seven man-down situations.
The Knights’ continue their gauntlet run next weekend as they travel to No. 5 Duke.