BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team earned a 23-1 victory over Lees-McRae this afternoon at Alumni Field. The win puts the Crusaders at 2-0 on the year with an identical conference record. The Bobcats are 0-1 in 2017, including 0-1 in conference play.
The Abbey scored early and often, first by senior Jordan Hofmeister just 43 seconds into the game. Just 29 seconds later junior Rebecca Stromberg made it 2-0. Later in the half, junior Caitlin Cook handed out two assists to midfielder Katelin Glass in a span of 22 seconds to put the Crusaders in front 6-0. After that, Cook scored a goal of her own. At the 14:25, midfielder Madison Eberhardt scored two of her four goals in a 3-minute span for a 11-0 Abbey lead. By halftime, Belmont Abbey had built a 13-0 lead. At that point, the Bobcats had not gotten a shot up.
The Abbey offense continued to surge in the second half, with freshman Marin Felsoci scoring the first goal of the period off a pass from Glass. Then at the 19:15 mark, Glass set up freshman Jenna Niedzwiedzki for her second goal of the day and a 17-1 Abbey lead. A few minutes later, Glass scored a goal of her own. Eberhardt scored two goals in the final three and a half minutes to finish off the 23-1 win.
On the day, Glass led the Crusaders offensive attack with seven goals and four assists. She also picked up four ground balls. Eberhardt also had a strong performance with four goals on five shots and two ground balls. Cook scored a goal and dished out three assists. On the defensive side, Glass caused seven Lees-McRae turnovers, while reigning Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year Kassie Easter forced four.
Belmont Abbey will next take the field on Wednesday, when it visits Lenoir-Rhyne. The game will begin at 4pm.