Bellarmine Falls Prey to Golden Eagles in Overtime

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Bellarmine lost another overtime game on Tuesday, this time to the Marquette Golden Eagles by a score of 9-8. Bellarmine now falls to 7-6, while Marquette moves to 5-6 on the season.

Senior Will Cary opened the scoring just two minutes into the game to give the Knights a 1-0 lead, however Marquette answered back just 29 seconds later to tie the contest.

Cary was again involved when his feed found Luke Acton for BU's second score of the day.

Bellarmine would only be able to hold the lead for 1:30 before Marquette's Bryan Badolato and Tyler Melnyk scored back-to-back goals to reclaim the lead at 3-2.

The teams would trade goals one more time to finish the first quarter with Marquette leading 4-3.

The second quarter was all Marquette with Bellarmine unable to find the back of the net. For the Golden Eagles it was Henry Nelson scoring his second goal of the day and Kyle Whitlow tallying his only score to give MU a 6-3 lead at halftime.

The Knights finally found their offensive rhythm in the second half and managed to string together three straight goals to knot the game at 6-6. It was Cary and Acton again, scoring all three third quarter goals for the Knights.

A Connor Bernal goal gave the lead back to Marquette with just 25 seconds to play in the third, and the Golden Eagles went into the final period ahead 7-6.

The game continued to be tight into the late stages and Cameron Gardner tied the game again with his only score of the day 1:15 into the fourth quarter.

The game would go scoreless for nearly seven minutes before Cary found the back of the net again and gave Bellarmine the lead at 8-7.

Marquette continued to battle and the Golden Eagles were rewarded for their effort. With just over three minutes to play Melnyk tallied his second score of the day to tie the contest and force overtime.

The game was decided less than three minutes into overtime when Conor Gately was able to score his second goal of the day, unassisted, against Dillon Ward.

Leading the Knights offense was the senior Cary playing in his last game at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. Cary finished the day with four goals and an assist, a career high five point performance. Acton also played well in the loss, scoring two goals and dishing out an assist.

For the Golden Eagles it was Melnyk and Gately leading the way with four points (2g 2a) and three points (2g 1a) respectively.

The overall team stats reflected the close score, Bellarmine holding the edge 11-10 in faceoffs, 28-26 in ground balls and 17-16 in successful clears. The Knights and Golden Eagles matched each other shooting the ball as well, both teams offering 34 attempts.

Bellarmine will take the field again for their last game of the 2013 campaign at the University of Pennsylvania on Apr. 27 with faceoff coming at 5:30 p.m.


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