MILWAUKEE-Wis. – The Bellarmine University lacrosse team dropped a 13-10 decision to the Detroit Mercy Titans on Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Midwest Classic, which is being played at Valley Fields at Marquette University.
The Knights drew first blood as Jack Perkins converted a feed from Andrew Schoeneck to give Bellarmine a quick 1-0 lead. However, the Titans responded in a big way, scoring five unanswered goals to close the opening period.
Then, every time the Knights tried to mount a comeback, Detroit seemed to have an immediate response.
After Brian Wall opened the second period with his fourth goal of the season, the Titans' Seth Mendell scored just 16 seconds later to keep the margin at four.
Perkins then tallied his second goal of the game, only to have Mendell again keep the Detroit Mercy lead at four by scoring just 41 seconds after Perkins.
The teams then traded goals to end the half as Detroit Mercy went into the break with an 8-4 advantage. The Knights struggled getting the ball on frame in the first half, getting off just five shots on goal as Detroit Mercy goalie Jason Weber made just one save in the opening 30 minutes.
The third period belonged to the Knights, as Bellarmine closed to within 8-7 before Mendell again struck for the Titans with just three seconds remaining in the quarter.
The Titans tacked on another goal early in the fourth to establish a three-goal advantage and the Knights could not close the gap closer than two the rest of the way.
Bellarmine, which fell to 1-3 on the season, was led by Perkins with three goals as eight different players found the back of the net for the Knights. Max Crator played all 60 minutes in goal for Bellarmine and came up with 13 saves but was saddled with the loss.
Detroit Mercy improved to 2-4 with the win. The Titans got six goals from Mendell on the day while Matthew Vangaien also registered a hat trick.
The Knights play Ohio State on Sunday on Day 2 of the Midwest Classic. Game time is scheduled for noon (1 p.m. EST).