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Lacrosse is back! Roth (WC East), Reilly (Haddonfield) lead Bellarmine to 9-7 win over Mercer in 1st NCAA game since pandemic

Saturday, 30th January 2021

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 1/30/21

Yes, the lacrosse season has begun!

Visiting Bellarmine got two goals from sophomore midfielder Jesse Roth (West Chester East) and 10 saves from goalie Ian Reilly (Haddonfield-NJ) and toppled host Mercer, 9-7, this morning in a Southern Conference game – the first Division I contest in 325 days.

Senior defenseman Collin Murray, another WC East grad, added a groundball as the Knights’ defense and Reilly’s handiwork helped them overcome a poor performance at the faceoff X – Mercer won 18 of the 19 draws.

Mercer was led by junior face-off specialist Ashton Wood, who won 18-of-19 at X, and collected 11 groundballs while scoring the game’s opening goal just seven seconds into the season.

Reilly, a grad student, was a art-time starter last year before the pandemic hit.

Roth (Team Man Up), a key member of WC East’s Ches-Mont League title squad in 2019, added two groundballs. Senior LSM Bryce Vaxman (St. Augustine Prep) had to fill in some at the X and won 1 of 5 faceoffs.

For Mercer, senior midfielder Jack Lamb (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) had four groundballs and a caused turnover.

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