In the first game of the 2021 season, the Bellarmine Knights bested the Mercer Bears, 9-7. Despite being held scoreless in the second stanza, the Bellarmine Knights battled and pulled off the victory.
Buoyed by Ian Reilly and his 10 saves for Bellarmine that offset Colin Kelly and his 6 stops. Mercer budding superstar, Ashton Wood (1g) won the opening faceoff and buried it behind Reilly just :07 elapsed. Budding superstar? Wood was an unworldly 18 of 19 from the “x”.
Erik Rubek (2g) and Kyle Playsted (1g,1a) three minutes apart closed the first with the Knights in front, 2-1. The second was all Mercer and Collin Stewart (2g,2a), Will McCarthy (1g), and Taylor Dooley (1g) supplied the offense to close the half with Mercer holding a 4-2 edge.
Bellarmine stormed out with a 4 goal run fueled by Luke Legnard (1g), a pair from Jesse Roth (2g), and a single from Griffin Bowie (1g) to surge to a 6-4 lead. Mercer took the hits and bounced back with markers from Stewart and Patrick Marks (1g) to set the stage for the crazy finish with the teams knotted you at 6.
Rubak and Benny O’Rourk (1g) scores less than 2:00 apart and promptly said…”see you, raise you!” Nick Rockefeller (1g) made it white knuckle time and with 6:56 to play, we had a one-goal game. Playsted set up Brayden Brown (1g,1a) to bring the final to 9-7.
Bellarmine Knights bested the Mercer Bears. For more lacrosse action click here.
Kevin M. Neibauer
- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network