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Previewing Bellarmine’s 2019 men’s college lacrosse schedule

Jim Mitchell hopes his return to Louisville starts out with a bang.

Dave Donoher

The Bellarmine Knights are the 28th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the fifth team from the SoCon. The Knights finished 4-9 in 2018 and 2-5 in SoCon play. Bellarmine failed to qualify for the SoCon Tournament and parted ways with head coach Kevin Burns late in the season. He was replaced by Jim Mitchell in the summer.

Here’s their entire 2019 schedule:

Bellarmine’s 2019 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
1/26 Tusculum/Indianapolis (D2) Bellarmine Scrimmages
2/2 Wagner Bellarmine First meeting since 2009
2/9 Bellarmine Marquette
2/16 Bellarmine Cleveland State
2/23 Bellarmine Robert Morris
3/2 Detroit Mercy Bellarmine
3/9 Bellarmine Utah First ever meeting
3/16 Jacksonville Bellarmine SoCon
3/23 Richmond Bellarmine SoCon
3/30 Bellarmine Mercer SoCon
4/6 VMI Bellarmine SoCon
4/13 Bellarmine Furman SoCon
4/20 High Point Bellarmine SoCon
4/27 Bellarmine Air Force SoCon

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Average Winning Percentage From 2018 Teams

  • Overall: .413
  • Nonconference: .457
  • SoCon: .381

Circle These Dates

  • 2/2 (vs. Wagner): Not only will it be a fresh start for Bellarmine, but it’ll be a fresh start for Wagner as well. The Seahawks will also begin 2019 with a new head coach in Bill McCutcheon leading the way. Both teams hope to turn the corner on their respective programs. Meanwhile, the Knights look to carry last season’s momentum early into the upcoming season after winning two of their final three contests.
  • 2/9 (at Marquette): At last year’s Midwest Lacrosse Classic, Bellarmine provided the second upset of the weekend against the Golden Eagles in double overtime. That came after Marquette upset Ohio State in overtime two days prior. Both teams will have plenty of rest this time around, with the Golden Eagles taking part in their regular season opener.
  • 3/9 (at Utah): There’s plenty of buzz surrounding the Utes program, as they should. But when Utah’s schedule first came out, some predicted wins against programs such as Bellarmine in their inaugural year. Mitchell’s Knights shouldn’t take that lightly, and a trip out west to get a win will show how good Utah really is right out of the gate.
  • 4/13 (at Furman): A win last year against the Paladins in the season finale would’ve given the Knights a chance for the final spot in the SoCon Tournament. Instead, they fell to Furman by a goal and lost a chance in a season that featured a down-year from Air Force. With Jacksonville and Richmond at least a given for SoCon Tournament spots, Bellarmine has a small margin of error in order to make the conference tournament.
  • 4/27 (at Air Force): Maybe the trip to Utah helps the Knights in the regular season finale. Despite the struggles a year ago, the Falcons return many of their players that were on the field and retained Bill Wilson as their permanent head coach. With stability in Colorado Springs, Air Force could return back to the SoCon Tournament, which hurts Bellarmine.

For other schedules and team rosters, check out our Men’s Division I matrix.