Field Hockey Earns Historic First Win, 15-1 over Sweet Briar

Field Hockey Earns Historic First Win, 15-1 over Sweet Briar

BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey Field Hockey made history Saturday, earning the first win in program history, 15-1 over Sweet Briar at Alumni Field.

Demetria Barrow scored three times for the Crusaders, who had 10 different players find the cage. Savanna Gabriele, Haley Dietrich and Kristen Perret each had her first two collegiate goals, while Sandra Gannon, Allison McAuley, Nicole Wong, Kelsey Garrison and Jamie Fox registered their first career goals, while Tyla Goodsell-Matthews had her second goal of the season.

It took all of 47 seconds for Belmont Abbey (1-4) to break into the scoring column as Gabriele tipped in a shot from Garrison for a 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Goodsell-Matthews blasted in a ball off the penalty corner and it was 2-0. The Crusaders added goals by McAuley and Burrow before halftime to take a 4-0 lead into intermission.

The second half was completely dominated by Belmont Abbey with an 11-1 scoring advantage on 32 shots. The lead increased to 5-0 just 59 seconds into the period, while another highlight was Perret's two goals coming just 36 seconds apart.

Sweet Briar tallied its first goal of the season on its only shot attempt of the day, a lofted ball over Goodsell-Matthews head with 3:26 remaining. It cut the deficit to 14-1 at the time.

For the contest, The Abbey had a 51-1 shot advantage and was credited with 18 penalty corners.

Anna Fleetwood secured the win in goal, but never faced a shot.

The Crusaders now head out onto the road next weekend for three games in three days. The action starts Thursday afternoon at Lindenwood-Bellville.