Crusaders Roll to 21-5 Win at Lees-McRae

Crusaders Roll to 21-5 Win at Lees-McRae

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team cruised to a 21-5 victory this evening at Lees-McRae.  The win improves The Abbey's record to 10-4 on the season, and 5-1 against Conference Carolinas opponents.  The Bobcats move to 5-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

The Abbey scored early and often, starting with Liam Osborne just 1:13 into the game.  Sean Hanrahan put a shot in goal just 27 seconds later, followed by a Billy Huss goal just nine seconds after that.  With 11:27 in the period, Adam Wiedemann scored on a pass from Kyle McGinley to increase the Abbey lead to 5-0.  Osborne and Wiedemann each scored in the last two minutes of the quarter, and the Crusaders led 9-1 at the end of the period.  Defensively, the Crusaders only gave up three shots in the period.

Wiedemann got the scoring started in the second, with a goal at the 13:52 mark.  Just 21 seconds later, Callum Tanner increased the lead to 11-1 on a pass from Hanrahan.  Just 15 seconds after that, the Crusaders made it a 12-1 lead off a goal from Osborne.  Later, Osborne set up Tanner for a man-up goal and a 14-1 Crusader advantage.  Hanrahan scored again at the 2:11 mark, and Belmont Abbey led 15-1 at halftime.

MJ Miller scored first for The Abbey in the third, on a pass from James Booth.  The defense also continued to play stellar, causing Bobcat turnovers and limiting their opportunities.

It only took Zach Hahn 15 seconds to get a score in the fourth, increasing The Abbey's lead to 18-5.  Collin Grippo was next, with a goal the 13:48 mark off a pass from Kyle Curtis.  Booth capped off the scoring with a goal at the 3:59 mark, and The Abbey took the 21-5 victory.

On the day, Osborne led the offensive charge with five goals and an assist.  Wiedemann also had a strong game, with four goals and an assist.  Belmont Abbey out shot the Bobcats 60-23.  The defensive unit gave up just 12 Lees-McRae shots on goal for the game.  Faceoff specialist Billy Huss won 13 of his 17 faceoffs.  The Abbey goalies combined for seven saves.

Belmont Abbey will next host Chowan on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m.  It will be the team's Senior Day, and the final game of the regular season.