Five different Crusaders scored goals as sophomore Mackenzie Miller led all players with four as the Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team opened Conference Carolinas play with a 12-4 win at Converse this afternoon. Belmont Abbey remains unbeaten at 3-0 overall and 1-0 in Conference Carolinas, while Converse drops to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in league play.
Belmont Abbey closed the first half by scoring three unanswered goals to take a 6-2 halftime lead. Converse had closed to 3-2 but the Abbey surge-powered by Shannin Darley, Kassie Easter and Lauren DiChiara in the final 14 minutes separated the Abbey by four.
The second half score mirrored the first, as the Crusaders outscored the Valkyries 6-2 in the final half hour. Belmont Abbey scored the first five goals of the period to open up an 11-2 lead.
Miller, who scored three of her four goals in the second half, netted two during the run, which was punctuated by Easter's third goal which gave the Abbey an 11-2 lead.
Converse scored two straight to break the Abbey's string, but Miller closed the scoring with 25 seconds left to give the Abbey a 12-4 victory.
Belmont Abbey outshot the Valkyries 26-15. Miller scored four goals on seven shots, while Easter totaled three on six. Darley scored three times on three shots. DiChiara and Katy Connery had one goal each. Jordan Hofmeister handed out two assists and Ariel Walker had one.
Goalkeeper Natasha Whitman, in her first career start, made eight saves.