MT. OLIVE, N.C. - The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team rallied in the closing minutes, but came up just short of an 8-7 decision at Mt. Olive. The team finishes the regular season with a 9-7 record, including 8-2 in Conference Carolinas play. The Trojans finish the year 11-6 and 9-1 against conference opponents.
Mt. Olive scored first, but the Crusaders responded as Rebecca Luca scored a free position goal at the 22:56 mark. The Trojans scored again, and once again Luca answered with a free position goal. Another free position score from Luca gave the Crusaders their first lead of the day with 17:41 left in the half. The defense also stepped up, limiting the Mt. Olive shots over the next few minutes. With 4:42 in the period, Marin Felsoci found the back of the net off a pass from Caitlin Cook to give The Abbey its biggest lead of the day at 5-2. The Crusaders led 5-3 at halftime. At this point, Belmont Abbey also led 6-3 on draw controls.
In the second, the Trojans scored the first points of the half. The Abbey got its offense going with 1:04 to play, as Cook scored on a free position opportunity to pull within two at 8-6. Just 14 seconds later, Madison Eberhardt brought The Abbey to within a goal off a pass from Erin Kunkel. Unfortunately, the team was not able to score again, and Mt. Olive took the victory 8-7.
On the day, Luca led the Crusaders offensively with three goals on just five shots. Cook recorded a goal and an assist. Felsoci picked up a team-high four ground balls. Sophomore Annie Brannon made nine saves in goal. The Crusaders won 11 draw controls to Mt. Olive's six.
Belmont Abbey's seed and opponent in the Conference Carolinas tournament have yet to be determined.