BELMONT, NC - The #6-ranked Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team won a 16-4 decision over the #9-ranked Mt. Olive Trojans this afternoon at Alumni Field. The win puts the Crusaders at 6-1 in 2017 and 2-0 in conference play. The Trojans dipped to 5-2 on the year and 0-1 in Conference Carolinas play.
Belmont Abbey got off to a hot start, with three goals in a span of 1:11. Kyle McGinley, Liam Osborne, and Collin Grippo did the scoring in that span. In the last three minutes of the quarter, attack Adam Wiedemann put two shots in the net for a 5-0 Crusader lead after the first period.
The second quarter was much like the second, with the Abbey offense created opportunities, while the stubborn defensive unit limited the Trojan scoring chances. At the 8:39 mark, Grippo made it a 6-0 lead as he found the back of the net. With just under four minutes in the half midfielder Sean Hanrahan scored to put the Abbey in front 7-0, which was the score at halftime.
In the third quarter, attack MJ Miller got the scoring started with a goal at the 12:18 mark. It only took 12 seconds for faceoff specialist Billy Huss to win the ensuing faceoff and set up Wiedemann for a score and a 9-0 Crusader advantage. The Trojans would go on to score two goals later in the quarter. With 7:39 left in the period, Miller got his second goal of the day off a nice pass from junior Callum Tanner. Huss won the ensuing faceoff, bolted down the field and scored just nine seconds after Miller's goal. Kyle McGinley set up Osborne for another goal at the 3:51 mark for a commanding 13-2 lead going into the final quarter.
It only took Osborne 15 seconds into the period to increase the Abbey lead to 14-2. A few minutes later, Miller scored his third goal of the day on a pass from Jason Hollister. Though the Trojans would score two more goals, Belmont Abbey took the 16-4 victory.
On the day, Wiedemann led the Crusaders' strong offensive attack with four goals and an assist. Miller and Osborne each put three shots in the net. McGinley, Huss, and midfielder Jacob Clark each picked up four ground balls, tying each other for the game's high. McGinley forced three Mt. Olive turnovers. Huss won 11 of his 20 turnovers. Junior Harley Whitham made ten saves in goal.
Head Coach Chris Barrett offered the following remarks on his team's performance: "I am really proud of our effort today. Another full team effort. We have to keep our practice habits and attention to detail as we have another great opponent on Wednesday in Wingate University."
Belmont Abbey will be back in action on Wednesday, March 22, when it visits Wingate for a 4pm start.