Bellarmine Plays Best Game of Season

Bellarmine plays the best game of the season with a 12-8 victory. Bellarmine (2-5) pulled away in the second half to pick up a big 12-8 win over VMI (1-1). A nip and tuck contest between the clubs saw player of the game, Benny O’Rourk (4g,2a) kick off the scoring at 12:21 then performed Act 2 just thirteen seconds later and Bellarmine was in front, 2-0.

Unimpressed, VMI fired back with Ryan Perouty (3g) ending the low-scoring first quarter with the 2-1 Knights lead. It took just :41 for Scout Ripley (1g) to even things up. Bellarmine countered with goals :36 apart from Luke Legnard (1g) and Landon Trout (3g) making it 4-2 for the Knights.

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Then it became “you score, we score” with Michael Santos (3g) for the Keydets. Griffin Bowie (1g,2a) countering, and Santos with his second to end the half, with the Knights holding a 5-4 lead. Bellarmine started to flex their muscles and put together a big second half.

Michael Rubak (1g) pushed it to 6-4 and, again, VMI had an answer when Jon Fant (1g,3a) hit rope behind JC Higginbotham.
O’Rourk checked back in and a run was upon us with O’Rourk setting up Kyle Playsted (1g,2a) and Landon Trout achieving his second and it appeared Bellarmine had found another gear. VMI would counter with three of their own with two coming in the quarter.

Perouty and Santos made it a 9-7 game with 15:00 left. The Keydets made it a one-goal affair when Perouty attained his hat trick.
That would be the last hurrah for VMI as Bellarmine closed it out with scores from, Landon Trout getting his hat trick on the advantage,

O’Rourk sealing the player of the game and Jon Robbins (1g) to close out a much-needed Bellarmine victory. Head Coach, Andrew Whitley was understandably upbeat after the game.

“This was against a conference opponent and had that conference playoff feel to it, so it’s a huge credit to our guys to be able to dig deep and be able to outscore them 3-0 down the stretch,” Whitley said.  

Using a face-off tandem of JT Simonton and Mott Ury, the Knights took 15 of 22 draws. JC Higginbotham had 13 saves for the Knights with Anthony Merida countering with 15. Shots were 36-31 Bellarmine with 27-21 on goal. The Knights also controlled the ground ball battle, 32-27. Bellarmine plays the best game of the season with a 12-8 victory.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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