CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Adam Wiedemann scored twice in the final minute of the game as the Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team earned a 10-4 win at Queens University of Charlotte this evening. The victory moves the Crusaders to 5-0 on the season, while the Royals are now 2-2.
Billy Huss won the opening faceoff and immediately the Crusaders were taking shots on goal. Queens got the first goal of the contest, but Wiedemann tied the game at one at the 9:14 mark. Just two minutes later, Wiedemann scored a man-down goal to put The Abbey in front 2-1. The game was tied at two at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was all Abbey. Huss again won the opening faceoff and it took less than a minute for the Crusaders to score the first goal of the period. With 11:06 in the half, Brendan McGovern found the back of the net to put the Crusaders up 4-2. Under a minute later, Sean Hanrahan made it a 5-2 game. He would score his second goal of the period with 2:43 in the quarter, and Belmont Abbey owned a 7-2 lead at halftime. The Abbey outscored the Royals 5-0 in the second.
The third quarter started out much like the first two, with Huss taking the opening faceoff and getting The Abbey downfield quickly. Queens scored on its first possession of the period, but the Crusader defense caused the Royals to turn the ball over on each of its next three possessions. The Abbey also caused turnovers on each of Queens' last two possessions of the period, and the Crusaders led 7-3 heading into the final period.
The Royals scored early in the fourth to pull to within three at 7-4. Then Jack Pigott made it a four-goal lead again with a score at the 10:53 mark. Belmont Abbey kept the pressure on the Queens defense, as it got multiple shots on goal and kept the ball in its offensive zone. With 25 seconds left in the game, Wiedemann made it a 9-4 lead, and then scored again off a pass from Liam Osborne just 11 seconds later to cap off the scoring, as the Crusaders ended with a 10-4 victory.
On the night, Wiedemann's four goals led the Crusaders' offensive efforts. Osborne handed out three assists. On the defensive side, Anthony Cesario, Conor Larkin, and Kyle McGinley each caused two Royal turnovers. Huss won eight faceoffs. Harley Whitham made eight saves in goal.
Belmont Abbey next will welcome sixth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday, March 7. That game will start at 3:30 p.m.