TIGERVILLE, S.C. - The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team trailed by three goals late in the third, but came back in the fourth to earn a 7-6 victory in the Conference Carolinas Semifinals. The Abbey is now 12-4 on the year, while Mt. Olive finishes its season 11-5.
Liam Kircher scored first for The Abbey on a man-up opportunity. The Trojans scored a goal to tie the game at one, but the Crusader defense only gave up two shots the rest of the quarter. One, however, was a goal, and The Abbey trailed 2-1 after one quarter.
Mt. Olive scored early in the second, but Kyle McGinley answered with a score of his own at the 12:59 mark. The Trojans scored again with 12:02 in the period, but it was the last goal the Crusader defense gave up in the half. Mt. Olive led 4-2 at halftime.
UMO was the first to score in the third, as it took a 5-2 lead. Sean Hanrahan found the back of the net for the Abbey, but a Trojan goal at the 6:09 mark put Mt. Olive in front by three again. It was the last time the Crusader defense would give up a goal in the contest. With 5:44 in the period, Adam Wiedemann brought Belmont Abbey to within two at 6-4. Some Trojan penalties and turnovers led to some opportunities for The Abbey, which trailed 6-4 heading into the final period.
The fourth quarter was all Abbey. Brendan McGovern scored on a pass from McGinley to bring the Crusaders within a goal at 6-5. Just a few minutes later, McGinley scored a goal of his own to tie the game at six. Then at the 5:32 mark, Jason Hollister scored what proved to be the winning goal.
On the night, McGinley finished with two goals and an assist to lead The Abbey's offensive efforts. Faceoff specialist Billy Huss won a game-high eight faceoffs. His six ground balls were tied for the game-high. Harley Whitham made 11 saves in goal.
Belmont Abbey will face the No. 1 seed Limestone on Sunday at 1 p.m for the Conference Carolinas Championship. The game will take place on the campus of North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C.