BELMONT, N.C. - Liam Osborne scored three goals and added an assist, while five straight Abbey goals help the Crusaders to a 14-10 win over Limestone College this afternoon. The victory moves the Crusaders to 8-4 this season, with a 3-1 conference record. Limestone is now 10-5, and 5-1 against conference opponents. It was the first time in under Coach Barrett's leadership Belmont Abbey has beaten Limestone.
Jack Pigott got the scoring started just 36 seconds into the contest off a pass from Kyle McGinley. A Saints goal notched the game at one, but Osborne scored a man-up goal to put the Crusaders up 2-1. A Limestone goal at 6:14 tied the game at three, before a Crusaders surge got The Abbey five straight goals. Two of the five came in the final 1:15 of the first quarter, and Belmont Abbey owned a 6-3 lead heading into the second period.
Callum Tanner was the first to score in the second, while Sean Hanrahan made it an 8-3 Abbey lead to complete the five-goal run. The Saints scored four straight goals before Jack Pigott got things going for Belmont Abbey again, with a goal at the 1:07 mark off a pass from Ben Utrosa. The Crusaders led 9-7 at halftime. By halftime, the Crusaders picked up 20 ground balls.
Hanrahan set up Osborne for a goal to get the scoring started in the third. Osborne would also find the back of the net with 2:31 to play. A goal by Limestone with 10 seconds remaining made it a 12-9 Abbey lead heading into the final period.
Tanner tallied the first goal of the fourth to make it 13-9. Limestone scored a man-up goal with just under seven minutes to play. The Crusader defense, however, held the Saints scoreless the rest of the game, and Belmont Abbey earned the 14-10 win.
On the day, Osborne, Pigott, and Tanner each scored three goals to lead the Crusaders. Conor Larkin picked up a game-high seven ground balls. Anthony Cesario earned two caused turnovers. The Crusaders outshot the Saints 42-35. Belmont Abbey was also very strong on faceoffs, winning 18 of the game's 28 faceoffs. Billy Huss and Dylan Harmon each won nine. Harley Whitham made 10 saves in goal.
Belmont Abbey will welcome North Greenville University on Wednesday, April 18 for a 3:30 p.m. contest.