BELMONT, N.C. -- Just hours after being named ECAC Division II Field Hockey League Rookie of the week, Angelina Perrone scored the first three goals of her career, lifting Belmont Abbey to a 6-3 victory over Molloy at Alumni Field Monday afternoon. The hat trick was the fourth in school history and matched Kayley Williams' effort last Wednesday as a team-season high.
The Crusaders (7-5) and Lions (0-13) were scoreless for nearly 21 minutes before Perrone knocked in a shot off a penalty corner by Savanna Gabriele at the 20:58 mark. Exactly five minutes later, Demetria Barrow doubled the lead when she poked in a loose ball in front of the net.
The flurry of goals continued with 6:25 left in the first half when Perron redirected a shot by Nicole Wong, before Williams found a loose ball in the center of the box and directed it home just 29 seconds later. The final tally of the first half came with just 36 seconds remaining in the period when Williams dove and fully extended her stick to knock in a perfect cross from Barrow.
Belmont Abbey extended lead just 1:43 into the second half when Perrone redirected a hard shot from Barrow in front of the net, putting The Abbey up 6-0.
Molloy tried to rally with Zoe Norton tallying a hat trick of her own to make the final score 6-3. Her goals came at the 52:12, 56:17 and 69:17 marks of the contest.
Belmont Abbey held a 22-11 advantage in shots and an 11-8 edge in penalty corners. Paige Hinds made five saves for the Crusaders.
Belmont Abbey returns to conference play on Friday with a key matchup at Newberry. The start time is 7 p.m.