The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team trailed #3 Limestone just 6-5 at the half-after taking a 5-3 lead-but the Saints outscored the Crusaders 13-3 in the final 30 minutes to earn a 19-8 win this afternoon at Saints Field. Limestone remains unbeaten at 11-0 overall and 4-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in league play.
Limestone scored the first three goals of the game, all coming in the first nine minutes, but the Crusaders stormed ahead with five straight goals in a span of eight minutes.
Ariel Walker started the flurry with a free position goal at the 19:16 mark. 54 seconds later, Katy Connery scored her only goal of the game, taking a pass from MacKenzie Miller, to cut the lead to 3-2.
Just 35 seconds later, Walker struck again, using a feed from Kassie Easter to deadlock the game at three with 17:45 to play.
That was all of the scoring until the 13:55 mark when Miller gave the Crusaders their first lead of the game, as Walker set her up for her only goal of the contest.
2:49 later, the lead grew to 5-3 as Easter buried an unassisted marker to extend the Abbey's lead to 5-3.
That was all of the scoring for the Abbey, however as the Saints scored the last three goals of the half, all in the final nine minutes, to carry a 6-5 lead into halftime.
The three goal surge for the Saints started a 15 goal unanswered streak, as Limestone scored the first 12 goals of the second half to open up an 18-5 lead.
Limestone closed the scoring with 34 seconds left.
The Saints outshot the Abbey 37-17 and won the draw control battle 17-11. The Crusaders did carry a 34-32 lead in ground balls as Connery, the national leader in ground balls, scooped up seven, as did Molly Schaefer. Schaefer also had two caused turnovers.