With the fourth and final Conference Carolinas Tournament slot on the line, the Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team scored six goals on its first eight shots and never looked back as the Crusaders celebrated Senior Day with an easy 20-2 win over Lees-McRae this afternoon.
Belmont Abbey clinches the fourth and final spot in next week's tournament as it improves to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in Conference Carolinas, while the Bobcats end their season with a mark of 0-14 overall and 0-4 in Conference Carolinas.
The winner of today's game would lock up the final spot in the Conference Carolinas Tournament and the Crusaders left little doubt as to which team that would be as they scored the first six goals on eight shots in less than five minutes gone by. Belmont Abbey scored the first nine goals of the game before the Bobcats scored the first of their two with 2:58 left in the first. Riley Quinlan capped the period with his first goal of the game, the fifth different Crusader to score in the period.
Belmont Abbey scored all three goals in the second period to stalk its lead to 13-1 at the half. Ryan Callahan, who finished with six goals, scored five in the first half alone, four in the the first quarter.
The onslaught continued in the third, as the Abbey scored five goals on 11 shots to increase the lead to 18-1.
Belmont Abbey outshot the Bobcats 49-14 and won the ground ball battle 36-26. Callahan scored six goals on six shots. Will Chastain added four with Max Mullin and Joey McGinley adding two each. Rogers, Nick Lasalla, David Fox, Connor Sellars and Quinlan all had one. Sellars handed out had five assists.
Defensively, Devin Cruz caused six turnovers with Sellars adding three and Steele two.
Brett Lawless made three saves as he played just the first half.