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Previewing Bellarmine’s 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule

The Knights will have their third permanent head coach in as many seasons and look to get back to the SoCon Tournament.

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The Bellarmine Knights are the 47th team in our 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the fifth team from the SoCon. Bellarmine finished 3-10 overall in 2019 and 3-4 in SoCon play. The Knights failed to qualify for the SoCon Tournament and saw head coach Jim Mitchell step down in June. Former Fairfield associate head coach Andrew Whitley became the new head coach about a month later.

Here’s their entire 2020 schedule:

Bellarmine’s 2020 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
1/25 Indianapolis (D2) Bellarmine Scrimmage
2/1 Bellarmine Utah
2/8 Bellarmine Marquette
2/11 Hampton Bellarmine First ever meeting
2/15 St. Bonaventure Bellarmine First ever meeting
2/18 Bellarmine Detroit Mercy
2/22 Boston University Bellarmine First ever meeting
2/29 Bellarmine Georgetown First ever meeting
3/6 Bellarmine Cleveland State
3/14 Bellarmine Richmond SoCon
3/21 Air Force Bellarmine SoCon
3/28 Bellarmine High Point SoCon
4/4 Bellarmine VMI SoCon
4/11 Furman Bellarmine SoCon
4/18 Bellarmine Jacksonville SoCon
4/25 Mercer Bellarmine SoCon

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Bellarmine’s Opponents 2019 Average Win Percentage & RPI

Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
.468 .485 .448 44.07 45.75 42.14

Circle These Dates

  • 2/1 at Utah: Whitley’s head coaching debut with Bellarmine will be out west as the Knights visit the Utes for the second consecutive season. The Knights were down 6-2 after the opening quarter but managed to tie the game at six with a 4-0 run. Utah was able to hold on for a one-goal win and stopped Bellarmine late in regulation.
  • 2/15 vs. St. Bonaventure: Last year in their inaugural season, the Bonnies failed to get a win. But despite their record, St. Bonaventure slowly improved as the season went on. With a fantastic goalie in Brett Dobson, the Bonnies could be able to get their first ever win in program history if they can stop guys such as Morgan Macko and Landon Trout.
  • 2/18 at Detroit Mercy: After the St. Bonaventure contest, it’s a short turnaround for the Knights as they go on the road to take on the Titans. At the time of last year’s contest, Bellarmine was still looking for their first win of the season and nearly came close in doing so. After scoring six of seven goals in just over an eight minute span to take the lead in the third, Detroit Mercy allowed a Riley Seay goal with 45 seconds left in regulation to tie the game. But Matthew Vangalen’s tally with nine seconds to go kept Bellarmine winless.
  • 4/4 at VMI: The Knights have never lost to the Keydets in program history. But they nearly did last season as they had a 10-2 lead early in the third quarter nearly disappear. VMI scored 10 of the final 13 goals in the game to come within a goal of Bellarmine, but couldn’t find the back of the net in the final 5:01 of the game. The Keydets had two shots that were wide of the cage in that span.
  • 4/18 at Jacksonville: It feels like Richmond, High Point, and Air Force should qualify for the SoCon Tournament once again in May. The fourth team could be a tossup, but the favorite right now looks like Jacksonville. But it was nearly Bellarmine last season. The game was tied at six early in the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins scored five of the final seven goals for a three-goal victory. Jacksonville returns key players on both sides of the ball such as Evan Tyler and Dixon Smith.