Richmond men’s lacrosse beat Bellarmine University 10-7 on Saturday afternoon to remain undefeated in Southern Conference play and atop the SoCon standings at 5-0 and 9-3 overall.

Junior Dan Ginestro scored a hat trick and junior Jean-Luc Chetner had four points with one goal and three assists to lead the Richmond attack. The Richmond defense was anchored by junior Henry Buonagurio’s 13 saves. For Bellarmine, junior Tucker Ciessau led with four goals.

The Spiders never trailed in the game and answered any momentum Bellarmine attempted to build throughout in an efficient performance.

Richmond scored the first six goals of the game from five different goal scorers and did not allow a goal until the 3:30 mark of the second quarter.

Bellarmine responded to Richmond’s fast start with three goals in the last few minutes of the half, two scored by Ciessau, to head into halftime with some momentum and the score standing at 6-3, Richmond.

After trading goals to begin the third quarter, Bellarmine was issued a one-minute, non-releasable penalty at 6:28 off a face-off for using hands to grab the ball. This allowed Richmond to make two extra-man goals and put the Knights significantly behind.

Chetner began the extra-man outburst when he threw a quick pass to Ginestro in the heart of the defense who shot low to beat the opposing keeper, an identical goal to the first goal of the game. It pushed Richmond’s lead to 8-4 with 5:59 left in the third quarter.

Off the ensuing face-off, sophomore Dean Roseman ran down the left alley and barreled toward the Bellarmine net to score a goal just 12 seconds after Ginestro’s to give Richmond a 9-4 lead.

Bellarmine outscored Richmond in the final quarter 2-1, but was never within three goals of the Richmond lead.

Richmond is back in action at home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, against the No. 12-ranked Air Force Academy in Robins Stadium. Air Force is also unbeaten in SoCon play.

Contact sports writer Elliot Dennis at elliot.dennis@richmond.edu

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