The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team scored 11 unanswered goals after surrendering the first score of the game and never looked back as the Crusaders dominated Shorter, 15-5 this afternoon in Rome, Georgia. Belmont Abbey improves to 4-5, while the Hawks drop to 3-5.
The Crusaders led 10-1 at the half as six different players scored goals. Shorter scored the first goal of the game just 2:10 into the contest, but the Abbey answered with an offensive barrage that saw it score the next 11 straight to put the game away early.
The onslaught continued in second quarter as the Crusaders netted five on 13 shots. Will Chastain opened the period with a man up strike, followed by goals from Sellars and McGinley. The Abbey ended the half with two goals in a span of just 20 seconds, as Mullin scored with 50 seconds left followed by a man-up marker by Quinlan with :35 showing to send the Abbey into the break leading 10-1.
Sellars made it 11 straight goals for the Crusaders as he opened the third with a goal. Shorter stopped the string with a man-up goal, but the response was swift from the Abbey, as Corey Cooke and Scotty Steele scored back-to-back goals to widen the lead to 13-2. Shorter scored with 1:19 left in the third.
Shorter scored the first and last goals of the game but the Abbey netted two in between, as Mullin and McGinley both scored their third goals of the game to close the scoring.
Four of the Abbey's 15 goals came in the extra man opportunity as Shorter was flagged 14 times for a total of ten minutes, 30 seconds. Mullin, McGinley and Sellars all netted three goals. Quinlan and Steele added a pair. Cooke and Chastain had one each. Steele added two assists with Sellars and Quinlan adding one each.
The Crusaders are back in action Wednesday when hosting Coker at 3:30.