Belmont Abbey senior Brendan Roger and freshman Will Chastain both led the Crusaders with three goals as the Abbey men's lacrosse team snapped a three-game losing streak with an easy 13-3 win over Brevard this afternoon. Belmont Abbey improves to 2-4, while Brevard, a first year program, also moves to 2-4.
The Crusaders led 8-2 at halftime as the Abbey and Tornados matched goals in each of the first two periods. Belmont Abbey netted four in each of the first two periods and held Brevard to one goal in each period.
Belmont Abbey never trailed and its lead was never threatened after Brevard closed it to 2-1. Scotty Steele and Joey McGinley closed out the first period with goals, as McGinley's came on a man-up strike with four seconds left.
The second period began with goals from Chastian and Connor Sellars that upped the lead to 6-1. Brevard briefly interupted the string with a goal, but a Nick Lasalla strike-after sprinting the length of the field on a Brevard turnover and running uncovered to the goal mouth-followed by a Rogers score gave the Abbey an 8-2 lead at halftime.
Belmont Abbey produced all three third period goals: Sellars, Chastain and Corey Cooke. Chastain's marker closed the period and sent the Abbey into the final 15 minutes leading 11-2.
Head Coach Chris Barrett was able to get every available player into the game over the course of the fourth period, including all three reserve goalkeepers who split time during the final 15 minutes.
McGinley and Rogers puncutated the victory with goals, and Brevard closed the scoring on a Ryan Taylor goal with 1:14 left.
The Crusaders outshot Brevard 59-14 and forced 29 Tornados turnovers. Devin Cruz led the Abbey with four caused turnovers, while Sellars collected three. McGinley and Cooke each had two.