No. 3 Denver Outlasts Bellarmine in Double-Overtime Thriller

It was Brogan Hill for Bellarmine who was able to score in tight on the crease and give the Knights a 9-8 lead but the lead would last just seven seconds as Tom Moore again knotted the game at 9-9.

Bellarmine would capture the lead one more time, for a brief 27 second period, on a goal by Ward. Ward was able to drive through three Denver defenders and score on an acrobatic backhand finish to give the Knights another short-lived lead.

Just thirty seconds later the Pioneers, and Flint, tied the game at 10-10 and forced the game into overtime.

In the first overtime Denver was able to put pressure on the Knights defense however Bellarmine was able to hold the Pioneers at bay and force a second overtime.

The winning goal came with 1:42 to play in the second OT after Flint, playing a two-man game with Law, drew the early slide and dumped the ball off to Law on the crease who was able to finish passed Dillon Ward.

Bellarmine's Ward had a huge day in between the pipes stopping 20 shots, the 4th most saves in a game in Bellarmine history (Ward also sits in 1st on that list with 23 against VMI in 2011).

Ward was so impressive that Denver Head Coach Bill Tierney had this to say, "That was one of the finest performances I have ever seen by a goalie, he frustrated us and made for a tough day." This is high praise coming from Tierney who is a legend in college lacrosse and who's own son was a three time All-American goalie at Princeton.

For the Knights' offense it was the attack unit of Luke Acton, Gardner, Robinson and Ward putting up seven goals, while Leung chipped in a goal and two assists. Midfielders Hill and Will Cary each also contributed a goal.

Denver's offense was paced by the star attackman Law who had a five point day on three goals and two assists. Flint also had his highest scoring day of the season with five points on four goals and an assist. The Pioneers' sophomore sensation Wes Berg also had a strong day netting two goals of his own.

The Knights will take the field again on Saturday Apr. 13 at home against Hobart College at 1:00 p.m. With a win against Hobart Bellarmine will secure a spot in the ECAC tournament, their first in program history.

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2013-04-07



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