Previewing Bellarmine's 2022 men's lacrosse schedule
Updated: Nov 17, 2021
The Bellarmine Knights are the ninth team in our 2022 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the first team from the newly-rebooted ASUN. Bellarmine finished 5-10 overall in 2021 and 2-4 in SoCon play. The Knights failed to qualify for the SoCon Tournament.
Bellarmine joins Air Force, Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, Robert Morris, and Utah in the new ASUN conference. Their conference tournament will be held May 5-7 at Milton Frank Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama with the top four qualifying for the event.
Here's their entire 2022 spring schedule:
Michigan Wolverines (2/5)
Marquette Golden Eagles (2/12)
Canisius Golden Griffins (2/19)
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (2/22)
Hampton Pirates (2/26)
Bryant Bulldogs (3/1)
Detroit Mercy Titans (4/16, also joining ASUN)
Delaware Blue Hens (14-11 L)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-6 L)
Richmond Spiders (17-5 L)
CIRCLE THESE DATES
1/29 at Mercer: If you thought January 30 was early to start a college lacrosse season, you were wrong! Season begins January 29 with Bellarmine-Mercer kicking off the season for the second straight year. The teams played twice last year, bookending the season with the Knights taking both meetings. Bellarmine is 10-1 all-time against their former conference foe, with Mercer looking for their first win against the Knights since 2015. Maybe this time the game is streamed by Mercer?
2/12 vs. Marquette: The two midwestern foes renew their series after a year off. The Golden Eagles won a one-game game in their last meeting in 2020 and have the overall edge by a game (4-3). Four of the seven meetings have been decided by a goal.
2/22 at St. Bonaventure: After hosting Canisius for the first time in program history, the Knights travel up to western New York to take on a rising Bonnies team that has the chance to win the MAAC. They took big strides last season while playing a MAAC-only slate and also keep the very large majority of their roster. Randy Mearns coached teams are never easy to play.
4/2 vs. Cleveland State: ASUN play begins with a meeting against Cleveland State. The teams split their meetings last year, both blowouts for each. Bellarmine snapped a three-game losing streak to the Vikings in their meeting in April. Outside of Air Force and Robert Morris, the other four teams are very capable of making the conference tournament.
4/16 vs. Detroit Mercy: This might have to be a must-win game for Bellarmine. We're two and-a-half months away from their season-opener against Mercer and I'm already declaring a mid-April game a must-win contest. After defeating Detroit Mercy in five straight contests from 2010-2014, the Knights have lost five of six to the Titans, including the last four straight. Two of the last three haven't been close either. Defeating Detroit Mercy gives Bellarmine a strong chance to try and get into the ASUN Tournament.