HARTSVILLE, S.C. - The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team took Coker to double overtime, before the Cobras pulled away with a 9-8 victory. The Abbey now stands at 7-6 on the season. Coker is now 9-3.
The opening 15 minutes of the game were a defensive battle, with neither team giving up any goals. The Abbey's defensive unit only allowed three Coker shots in that time. Then at the 12:05 mark, the Cobras broke the ice with a goal. The Crusaders responded just two minutes later with a score by Rebecca Luca on a free position opportunity. Later in the half, Luca scored a man-up goal to give Belmont Abbey a 2-1 lead. Then with 2:18 to play, Allison Cline put a shot in the net to put the Abbey in front 3-2. Coker tied it up with 26 seconds left and the game was tied at three at the half.
Belmont Abbey did not wait long to get the offense going in the second, as Marin Felsoci scored a man-up, free position goal just 1:36 into the period. Coker scored a string of goals over the next couple of minutes. Then with 19:25 to play Luca scored her third goal of the day. Felsoci won the ensuing draw control, dashed down field, and scored in just six seconds. This knotted the game at six. Another Luca score and another Cobra goal forced overtime with the teams tied at eight.
In the overtime period, the tough Crusader defense only gave up one Coker shot. Both teams battled very hard defensively and one overtime was not enough to settle this game. The Abbey was unable to get any goals in the second overtime and the Cobras finished with the 9-8 victory.
On the night, Luca tallied four goals and an assist to lead The Abbey's offensive charge. Felsoci scored twice. Freshman defender Amber Eakins and junior Rebecca Stromberg each forced four Cobra turnovers, tied for the game's high. Kassie Easter caused three. Easter and Stromberg each picked up a game-high four ground balls.
Belmont Abbey will be back for more game action on Wednesday, April 5, when it visits North Greenville at 5:30 p.m.