Air Force Defeats Bellarmine, 12-7, in GWLL Action
April 11, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Putting together a strong second-half surge, the Air Force lacrosse team knocked off Bellarmine, 12-7, Saturday afternoon at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. With the victory, the Falcons improve to 4-6 overall, 2-1 in the GWLL, while the Knights fall to 6-6 overall, 0-4 in the league.
Though the game was scoreless for nearly seven minutes to start the game, Air Force senior K.J. Landgraf (Cordova, Md.) gave the Falcons' a quick jump start, tallying three goals, including a pair of man-up scores, within a span of three minutes. Bellarmine added its first score of the game with 4:17 on the clock in the opening period, but the Falcons held a 3-1 advantage going into the second quarter.
The Falcons continued to score in the second period, starting with an unassisted goal from senior long-stick midfielder Dan Gnazzo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) off the opening face-off. Meanwhile, Ridge Flick (Jr., Plano, Texas), who assisted on the Landgraf's first goal, added his own score just over a minute later to put Air Force up 5-1. However, the Knights began to battle back, registering four unanswered goals in the period to tie the score at 5-5 going into the intermission.
Looking to regain the advantage, Air Force was first to get on the board in the third period, starting with a goal from senior captain Griffin Nevitt (Charlotte, N.C.). Meanwhile, Flick added his second goal of the game at the 9:10 mark to push the Falcons' margin back to two. Following a Bellarmine score that brought the Knights back to within a point, Air Force closed out the quarter with a pair of goals from sophomore Vinny Sandtorv (Centereach, N.Y.).
Air Force continued its spurt in the final period, with two goals from Eric Evans (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) putting the Falcons up 11-6 with 9:12 remaining to play. Landgraf tacked on his fourth goal of the day with 3:19 on the clock to give Air Force its largest advantage of the game, while Bellarmine's Sean Doyle added a score in the final minute to account for the final 12-7 margin.
While Bellarmine held the edge on face-offs won (14-of-23), the Falcons outshot the Knights 42-36. Meanwhile, Air Force's starting goalkeeper, Brian Wilson (So., Summit, N.J.), matched a career-high with 12 saves, while allowing just six goals in nearly 57 minutes of play. In addition, Air Force was 3-of-5 on man-up opportunities, while Bellarmine scored on 1-of-2 man-up attempts.
Landgraf and Flick (two goals, two assists) were the Falcons' leading scorers with four points each, while Evans (two goals, one assist) and Nevitt (one goal, two assists) added three points each. Gnazzo added an assist to his goal to match a single-game career high of two points, and freshman John DeBonis (Sayville, N.Y.) registered the first assist of his career with his feed to Flick in the second period.
The Falcons finally open up their home slate on Friday, April 17, when they host conference foe Ohio State. The game is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Cadet Lacrosse Stadium.
Air Force 12, Bellarmine 7