BELMONT, N.C. - Belmont Abbey scored five goals in the first 10 minutes of the game, and finished the contest with an 18-10 win. The Crusaders move to 2-0 on the year, while the Indians start their season out 0-1.
It only took Liam Osborne four minutes to get the Crusaders on the board. Less than a minute later, Adam Wiedemann scored a goal, before dishing out a pair of man-up goals to Jack Pigott and Kyle McGinley to put The Abbey in front 4-0 early. Wiedemann later handed out another goal to Callum Tanner, also on a man-up opportunity. Tyler Dalle scored a goal with 33 seconds left to give The Abbey a 7-1 lead heading into the second quarter. In the second, Tanner scored an Abbey goal just 15 seconds into the period. Then Sean Hanrahan scored two goals, as the Crusaders took an 11-2 lead into halftime. Harley Whitham made 10 saves in the half.
Jason Hollister was the first Crusader to score in the third. The defensive unit also continued to play strong, limiting Catawba'a opportunities. With less than a minute to go in the quarter, Jacob Clark put The Abbey in front 13-5 on a pass from Tanner. It was a 13-5 lead heading into the final quarter. Hollister tallied his second goal at the 9:07 mark. After a Catawba goal at the 3:08 mark, Billy Huss won the faceoff and dashed downfield for a score just seconds later. Vinny Vultaggio put the final score up for The Abbey, which finished the game off 18-10.
On the day, Wiedemann led the Crusaders' efforts with two goals and four assists. Osborne scored a goal and handed out four assists. Billy Huss won 14 faceoffs. Whitham made 12 saves in goal. As a unit, Belmont Abbey scored on four of its nine man-up opportunities. It also converted 20 of its 23 clear opportunities.
The Abbey will next welcome Molloy College on Saturday, February 17 for a 1 p.m. contest.