FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - Liam Osborne led a long list of Crusaders to tally a score against Emmanuel (Ga.) and The Abbey won the contest 20-5. Belmont Abbey now stands at 7-3 in 2018, with a conference record of 2-0. The Lions are now 0-12, and 0-3 in Conference Carolinas play.
Osborne was the first to score, as he found the back of the net off a pass from Adam Wiedemann. Just 12 seconds later, Hunter Jones made it a 2-0 game. Less than a minute later, Wiedemann set up Collin Grippo for a score. Osborne scored three of the next four Abbey goals to put the Crusaders in front 7-1 with 4:07 left in the quarter. Kyle McGinley capped off the scoring in the period on a pass from Callum Tanner 9-1 and the Crusaders held a 9-1 lead heading into the second quarter.
Ben Utrosa was the first to score in the second. Next, he set up Thomas Farrell for a score and an 11-1 Crusader lead. With 6:54 left in the half, Utrosa found the back of the net on a pass from James Booth, and The Abbey led 13-1 at halftime. The defensive unit also played strong, limiting the Lions to just nine shots in the half.
Booth got the scoring started in the third. Later, he set up Jason Hollister for a man-up goal. With seven minutes left in the period, Sean Hanrahan tallied a goal, and the Crusaders owned a 17-1 lead heading into the final period.
Jack O'Connor scored the first Abbey goal of the fourth. Then Emmanuel scored two goals in a row to make it a an 18-4 game. With 1:43 to play, Parker Hagood scored the final goal of the day, and the Crusaders took the contest 20-5.
On the day, Osborne lead the scoring with four goals. Booth scored a goal and handed out three assists. On the defensive side, The Abbey registered eight caused turnovers. The Crusaders held the Lions to 23 shots in the game. Dylan Harmon won 19 of his 23 faceoffs, and picked up a game-high 11 ground balls. Belmont Abbey won 21 of the game's 27 faceoffs.
Belmont Abbey will head to the University of Mount Olive on Saturday, April 7 for a 1 p.m. contest.