BELMONT, N.C. - Rebecca Luca scored six goals and handed out three assists in a 19-4 victory for the Crusaders this afternoon. With the win, The Abbey improved to 6-2 on the year and 2-0 in conference play. Chowan is now 4-5 in 2018, and 3-2 against Conference Carolinas opponents. It was Mountain Island Lacrosse Day for The Abbey. Mountain Island is a youth program that offers children the chance to play lacrosse.
Rebecca Stromberg scored on a pass from Katie Cavanaugh less than a minute into the game. Later in the half, Luca strung together four goals in a span of 2:39. Then Jenna Ziedzwiedzki and Caitlin Cook scored eight seconds apart. Marin Felsoci capped off the scoring with a goal at the 2:05 mark, and The Abbey owned an 11-1 lead at halftime. The Crusader defense limited the Hawks to just nine shots and caused 10 Hawk turnovers in the half.
Luca set up Stromberg for a score just 2:18 into the second to start the Abbey scoring in the second. Later, Stromberg scored on a pass from Allison Cline to make it a 14-2 game.With 5:43 left in the contest, defender Ashley Mistretta scored her first career goal. Katherine Haenlein capped off the scoring at the 1:29 mark, and the Crusaders finished the game with a 19-4 win.
On the day, Luca led the offense with six goals and three assists. Stromberg scored four times. Felsoci tallied three goals and won a gmae-high 10 draw controls. Taylor Nugent, making her first career start in goal, made five saves.
The stingy Abbey defense gave up just 13 Chowan shots on the day, and only four in the second half. The Crusaders won 20 of the game's 25 draw controls. They also converted all 12 clear attempts.
Belmont Abbey will welcome North Greenville University on Tuesday, March 20 for a 4:30 p.m. contest.