Sophomore Kieran Larkin’s first hat trick of the fall lifted the Blazers to their first win of the 2020 campaign Saturday afternoon at the Marquette Athletic Complex.
Fellow sophomore Connor Bakota opened the scoring in the 18th minute with his second goal of the season. Larkin was credited with the assist on Bakota’s strike.
Covenant Christian appeared poised to tie things up before halftime, but senior Lee Kellom stoned the Knights on a pair of breakaways.
Larkin extended Marquette’s lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute on a feed from junior Charlie O’Halloran.
Kellom, who logged nine saves on the day, got by with a little help from his friends in the 49th minute. With Kellom a few yards out of the box and Covenant Christian deep in Marquette’s end, a Knight forward shot toward an empty Blazer net. Junior Alex Avery retreated to the goal line to save the day, flinging aside the shot attempt.
The Knights did get onto the scoreboard in the 59th minute to make it 2-1.
Larkin provided Marquette with two insurance scores – both on PKs. He was taken down in the box in the 62nd and 72nd minutes before converting on both, beating the Covenant Christian keeper twice to his left.
The Knights did score in the 74th minute, but Kellom and the Blazer defense held steady over the final six minutes to preserve the 4-2 victory.
Larkin, who now owns five goals in four contests, recorded six shots on goal while Bakota tallied five. Adam Tarnow and Augustus Smith registered one shot on net apiece.