LOUISVILLE, Ky.-With emotions running high on senior day, the Bellarmine Knights came agonizingly close to pulling off an upset, but the No. 11 High Point Panthers hung on to squeak out a 16-15 win in a Southern Conference game at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. After the Knights led most of the first half and extended their lead to 11-7 early in the third period, High Point reeled off five goals in a row to take a 13-12 advantage with 2:13 remaining in the third. Bellarmine, however, dug in with two straight to reclaim the lead on a goal at the 9:32 mark of the fourth quarter. The momentum then shifted to the Panthers who scored four in a row to go up 16-13 at the 5:25 mark. Facing the three-goal deficit, the Knights refused to go quietly. scored with just 1:21 remaining to pull within two. Then, Bellarmine's won the ensuing faceoff and shuffled the ball to for a quick shot. Panther goalie Tim Trounter, Jr., repelled that attempt, but Simonton was there to scoop up the ground ball and score on the rebound. Again, Simonton came up with an important faceoff win to give the Knights possession with just 1:12 left in regulation. Bellarmine got off a pair of shots and even went man-up for the final 18 seconds, but the Knights couldn't find the back of the net as the Panthers held on for a hard-fought victory. 'I am proud of our entire team for how hard we played today,' said Bellarmine Coach . 'High Point is an outstanding program, and it was a 60-minute battle. In the end, we came up one play short, but this is the type of effort that I hope will define this program going forward.' While the Bellarmine defense turned in a solid effort, the Knights had a tough time containing HPU's Asher Nolting, who at 6-2, 210 pounds proved to be a strong physical presence with solid stick skills. The sophomore attackman finished the game with three goals and four assists as four Panthers finished with hat tricks. Also netting three goals for High Point were Chris Young, Sean Coughlin, and Koby Russell. The Knights had a balanced offensive attack, led by Macko and Seay with three goals and one assist apiece. Tallying two goals each were Luke Leganard, , and Simonton. Both goalies also turned in sterling performances. Troutner came up with 14 saves on the day, while Bellarmine's stopped 13 Panther shots. High Point held a 56-44 shot advantage, and the Panthers won 19-of-35 at the 'X' to help them to a 30-24 edge in ground balls. The visitors were also strong in transition-both offensively and defensively. The Panthers were successful on 17 of 18 clear attempts while holding the Knights to just 20 of 25 on clears. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Knights, who fell to 3-9 overall and 3-3 in SoCon play. The Panthers improve to 11-2 and maintain a share of the league lead at 5-1. Prior to today's game, the Knights honored eight seniors who played for the last time at home: , , , , , , Wehn and . Bellarmine concludes its season next Saturday with a road trip to Colorado to face the Air Force Falcons. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. Eastern. For more coverage of Bellarmine athletics, follow us on Twitter (@BUKnights), Instagram (BUKnights), Facebook (BUKnights) and the BUKnights mobile app available for iPhone and Android.
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