MURFREESBORO, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team won an 18-2 decision at Chowan this afternoon. The win puts the Abbey at 6-5 on the year with a 5-1 conference mark. The Hawks dipped to 3-6 on the year, and 2-4 in conference play.
It only took Erin Kunkel a minute and a half to get the offense going, as she scored a free position goal. Less than a minute later, Rebecca Luca set up Madison Eberhardt for a goal and a 2-0 lead early. Later in the half, Marin Felsoci, Luca, and Allison Cline, all tallied goals in a two-and-a-half minute span. Felsoci's and Cline's were both free position goals. With 20:46 to play, Luca recorded her second goal of the contest for a 6-0 Crusader lead, before Jordan Hofmeister made it 7-0 on a free position shot.
With just under 10 minutes to play, Jenna Niedzwiedzki scored her first goal of the day. not long after, she gave the Abbey a 12-0 advantage off a free position shot. Katelin Glass capped off the half as she scored in the closing seconds of the period. Belmont Abbey led 12-1 at halftime.
The second half started out much like the first, with the Abbey scoring a flurry of goals in the opening minutes of the period. Stromberg scored twice while Luca scored off a pass from Caitlin Cook, and Hofmeister found the back of the net in the first 10 minutes of the half. This made it a 16-1 game. Later in the half, Stromberg scored two goals in a two-minute span, off passes from Cook and Glass. This gave the Abbey an 18-2 win.
On the day, Stromberg was the offensive leader as she scored five times. Luca was also solid, earning three goals and an assist. Niedzwiedzki tallied two goals and two assists. Belmont Abbey picked up 23 ground balls to Chowan's 10, led by Glass with three. Senior Reilly Johnson only needed four saves in goal, as the stubborn defensive unit only gave up eight shots on the day.
Next up for the Crusaders will be a visit from Pfeiffer. That game will take place on Wednesday, March 29 on Alumni Field at 4pm.