Katy Connery and MacKenzie Miller each scored three times for Belmont Abbey in the Crusaders 14-9 women's lacrosse loss at Queens this afternoon at the Queens Sports Complex in Charlotte. The Royals improve to 8-3 while the Abbey falls to 6-3.
Queens led 8-4 at the half as it jumped ahead 5-1 in the first nine minutes. After Kassie Easter scored at the 25:18 mark to cut the deficit to 2-1, the Royals netted three unanswered in a span of just 54 seconds to stretch their lead to 5-1.
Connery broke the momentum with an unassisted goal with 17:51 to go, but Queens scored the next three straight to surge ahead 8-2. Belmont Abbey closed the first half scoring with goals from Connery and Miller-coming just 24 seconds apart-the last with 2:27 left, to trim the Queens lead to 8-4 at the half.
Queens scored the first three goals of the second half but Connery and Miller scored the next two that closed the deficit to 11-6.
The two teams then traded goals the rest of the way as Queens won by five.
The Royals outshot the Abbey 36-16 an held a 29-20 edge in ground balls. Belmont Abbey won 15 of 25 draw controls as Easter won four, with Gina Colella and Molly Schaefer each winning three. Colella and Emily Smith tied for the game-high with four ground balls each.