BELMONT, N.C. - Rebecca Luca scored three goals and handed out an assist in the Crusaders' women's lacrosse home opener, but the team lost 14-10 to Tampa. The Abbey is now 2-1 in 2018. The Spartans are now 2-2.
Tampa scored two goals early before Luca capitalized on a free position attempt, making it 2-1 with 20:55 in the first half. Rebecca Stromberg scored the next Abbey goal, also on a free position shot. At the 4:22 mark, Yasmina Hernandez pulled the Crusaders to with two, before a Spartan man-up goal gave Tampa a 6-3 lead going into halftime.
It only took Marin Felsoci 1:43 to get The Abbey its first goal of the second half. Just one minute later, Luca scored on a free position opportunity, pulling the Crusaders to within a goal at 6-5. With 25:40 to play, Tampa went up 8-5, but Luca responded shortly after with a score at the 25:01 mark. The Crusader defense held Tampa scoreless for about seven minutes afterwards. During that stretch, another goal by Hernandez brought Belmont Abbey to within a goal at 8-7. With 11:10 left in the game, Madison Eberhardt scored a man-up free position goal, making it an 11-8 game. in favor of the Spartans. Later in the half, Felsoci and Herandez scored just 57 seconds apart pulling the Crusaders to within three, 13-10, with 4:25 to play. In the end, however, Tampa earned the 14-10 win.
On the day, Luca led The Abbey offensively with three goals and an assist. Hernandez also scored three goals. Felsoci caused two Spartan turnovers. Annie Brannon made 10 saves in goal. Five of Belmont Abbey's goals came on free position opportunities.
The Crusaders will be back in action on Wednesday, February 28, when they welcome Catawba College. That game will begin at 3 p.m.