March 22, 2014

Late Second Half Rally Stalls As Women's Lacrosse Falls To Mount Olive, 11-8

Belmont Abbey scored all eight of its goals in the second half as the Crusaders women's lacrosse team outscored the University of Mount Olive 8-4, but the Trojans 7-0 halftime lead was the difference as they earned an 11-8 victory this afternoon at Alumni Field. Mount Olive improves to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in league play, while the Abbey slips to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in Conference Carolinas.

Mount Olive led 7-0 at the half as the Trojans attempted 14 shots in the first 30 minutes, while the Crusaders attempted six, four of which were saved by goalkeeper Hannah Knight.

The Crusaders offense came alive in the second half, scoring eight goals on 16 shots. The Abbey scored the final five goals of the game, all coming in the last 11:10.

Katy Connery, MacKenzie Miller and Kassie Easter all scored twice, with Katelin Glass and Erin Kunkel scoring one each. Connery had the only assist as five of the Abbey's eight goals came on free position shots.

Mount Olive outshot the Crusaders 24-22 but the Abbey won the draw control battle 11-9 as Connery won four. Easter and Molly Schafer both won three.

Natasha Whitman made five saves, all in the first half, while Reilly Johnson stopped four shots as she worked the entire second half.

Belmont Abbey is back in action Wednesday when it travels to Queens.

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