BELMONT, N.C. - Adam Wiedemann scored three goals in a game that all Abbey to lead a group of seniors who led the way to a 25-4 victory over Lees-McRae College this afternoon. The team celebrated its Senior Day before the contest. With the win, The Abbey improves to 10-4 in 2018, with a 5-1 Conference Carolinas record. The Bobcats regular season with a 2-6 record, including 1-5 in conference play.
It only took Liam Osborne 45 seconds into the game to score off a pass from Wiedemann. Wiedemann scored the next three goals of the contest, two off passes from Osborne. Wiedemann assisted on two of the next three goals, to seniors Cooper Seidewand and Jason Hollister, putting the Crusaders in front 7-0. The Bobcats scored their first goal at the 4:22 mark before Osborne found the back of the net, and The Abbey led 8-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Brendan McGovern was the first to score in the second, while Sean Hanrahan added a goal just 54 seconds later. With 11:23 in the quarter, Tyler Dalle recorded his first score of the contest. Later in the half, James Booth scored two Abbey goals in a row before Ben Utrosa closed out the hlaf with a goal at the 2:24 mark. The Crusaders held a 17-1 lead at halftime and outscored the Bobcats9-0 in the second quarter. The Belmont Abbey defensive unit was also strong, forcing ninee Lees-McRae turnovers in the half.
Collin Grippo made it an 18-3 lead to begin the third. Lees-McRae scored at the 10:13 mark, but Utrosa answered on a pass from Jack Pigott less than a minute later. Bryan DePass scored the final goal of the period, and The Abbey had a commanding 21-2 lead heading into the final quarter.
Lees-McRae was the first to score in the fourth, but back-to-back goals by Ryan Flood made it a 23-3 lead. Later in the quarter, Jack Ryan scored back-to-back Abbey goals to cap off the Crusader scoring, and Belmont Abbey finished with a 25-4 victory.
On the day, Wiedemann finished with three goals and five assists, for a total of eight points, to lead the Crusaders. Osborne tallied three goals and three assists. Defensively, The Abbey forced 18 Bobcat turnovers, led by Jack Notarnicola with three. Faceoff specialist Billy Huss won 11 of his 13 faceoffs and picked up a game-high six ground balls. Dylan Harmon also was 11-for-13 on faceoffs. He recorded five ground balls. The Crusaders outshot the Bobcats 61-17. The Abbey also picked up 48 ground balls to Lees-McRae's 14.
Belmont Abbey be the #3 seed in the Conference Carolinas tournament, and will welcome Lees-McRae on Tuesday, April 24.