The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team broke a 16-16 tie by scoring three goals in the final 6:35 as the Crusaders improved to 8-3 with a wild 19-17 win at Lenoir-Rhyne this evening. Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 7-6.
After MacKenzie Miller moved the Crusaders ahead 15-12 with 15:37 to play, the Bears netted three unanswered goals in a span of 1:39 to deadlock the game at 15.
Less than a minute later, junior co-captain Katy Connery scored her eighth goal of the game to put the Crusaders back on top. Lenoir-Rhyne answered on the next possession to tie the game for the last time, this time at 16 with 8:19 to go.
From there, it was all Crusaders, as Connery and two Kassie Easter winners powered the Abbey ahead 19-16.
Connery scored her ninth goal of the game-establishing a new career-high-with 6:35 left that moved the Crusaders ahead for good.
Exactly four minutes later, Easter buried an unassisted tally to stretch the lead to a pair, and she upped the lead to three with 1:15 left as she scored off of a Jordan Hofmeister pass.
The Bears scored the final goal of the game with three seconds left.
Connery scored nine goals on 15 shots. The national leader in ground balls, Connery added eight to give her a season total of 59. She also won eight draw controls and caused a turnover.
Easter added four goals on six shots with two assists, five draw control wins and three ground balls. Shanin Darley scored three goals on three shots with four assists.
The shots were 32-29 in favor of the Bears but the Crusaders won the draw control battle (24-13) and ground balls (25-23).