BELMONT, N.C. - The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team beat the Emmanuel Lions 24-4 this afternoon in its final home game of 2017. The win improves The Abbey's record to 9-6 on the year and 8-1 in conference play. Emmanuel is now 8-6 overall and 4-5 against conference opponents.
The Crusaders scored early and often, beginning with a Rebecca Luca goal just 55 seconds into the contest. The Lions scored a goal, but The Abbey responded with another score just 34 seconds later by Rebecca Stromberg. At the 26:39 mark, senior Erin Kunkel found the back of the net on a pass from Caitlin Cook to make it a 4-1 Crusader lead. Later in the half, Luca scored two goals in a 1:20 span, giving Belmont Abbey a 7-2 advantage. She went on to score a free position goal with 19:45 to play to increase the margin to 9-2.
The Crusader defense also was very strong, as it kept Emmanuel from even getting a shot for almost seven minutes. Kunkel scored her third goal of the day at the 17:13 mark, before freshman Allison Cline scored two goals in a row, putting The Abbey in front 13-2. Senior Jordan Hofmeister and freshman Marin Felsoci each scored in the closing minutes of the period, and Belmont Abbey led 17-3 at halftime. The Crusader defense gave up just five shots in the half, while the offense shot 23 times.
Luca got the Crusader offense started in the second, with a score at the 23:04 mark, off a pass from Katelin Glass. A few minutes later, Katie Cavanaugh got her first goal of the game. With under two minutes to play, Katherine Haenlein also scored her first goal of the day, on a pass from Jenna Niedzwiedzki. A free position goal by Glass with 14 seconds remaining capped off the scoring, and Belmont Abbey took the 24-4 victory. Emmanuel only got three shots in the period on the Abbey defense.
For the day, Luca led The Abbey's solid offensive performance with six goals and two assists. Kunkel scored five goals, while also handing out an assist. Cline and Felsoci contributed with three goals each. Ten different Crusaders scored in the game. Defensively, the Abbey only gave up eight shots for the game. Felsoci won a game-high seven draw controls.
Up next for the Crusaders will be a visit to Mt. Olive on Saturday, April 22 for a 4 p.m. contest. That will be Belmont Abbey's final game of the regular season.