Maria Kuhlman, Women's Basketball

BELMONT, N.C. -- Cross country runner Sam Lynch and field hockey forward Madison Ensley have been selected as Belmont Abbey's first OrthoCarolina Crusaders of the Week for the 2017-18 school year. Both freshmen had outstanding efforts during the first collegiate experiences.

A native of Milton, Ga., Lynch turned in a 19th-place finish at the Chick-Fil-A Invite hosted by Catawba College. In his collegiate debut, the freshman would run the 8k event in 28:56.5 to help pace Belmont Abbey to a fourth-place team finish.

Ensley's collegiate career started with both goals in The Abbey's 2-1 victory over Mercy in its first-ever conference match. After the Crusaders fell behind late in the first half, the forward scored twice, including the game-winner with less than four minutes remaining in the contest.