BELMONT, N.C. - Rebecca Luca surpassed the 50-goal mark for the season this afternoon, as the Crusaders cruised to a 25-3 victory over Erskine College. The Abbey improved to 9-3 on the year, with a 5-1 Conference Carolinas record. The Flying Fleet dipped to 1-9 on the year, with a 1-6 conference mark.
It only took Luca 15 seconds to draw a foul and score on the ensuing free position opportunity. A few minutes later, she set up Rebecca Stromberg for a goal and an early 2-0 lead. At the 23:53 mark, Allison Cline made it a 5-0 Crusader lead. Erskine scored its first goal at the 23:21 mark, but Luca scored each of the next three goals, one off a pass from Kylie Eastman.
Luca scored a man-down goal to put The Abbey in front 9-1. Later in the half, Marin Felsoci scored two goals in a span of 1:25 to increase the lead to 14-1. Jenna Niedzwiedzki ended the half with a goal with 36 seconds to play, and the Crusaders led 15-1 at halftime. The strong Abbey defensive play limited Erskine to just 11 shots in the half, while forcing 18 Flying Fleet turnovers.
Erskine scored the first goal of second half. Then Madison Eberhardt set up Felsoci for a score and a 16-2 Crusader lead. Later in the period, Eva Stahlschmidt and Katherine Haenline scored just 1:24 apart to put Belmont Abbey in front 22-3. Stahlschmidt assisted Luca and Stromberg on the final two goals of the game, as The Abbey wrapped up the 25-3 win.
On the day, Luca led the Crusaders with eight goals and an assist, for a total of nine points. Felsoci scored four goals and handed out two assists, finishing with six points. Niedzwiedzki added four goals and an assist. Six Crusaders caused a turnover in the game, led by Alicia Izzo and Felsoci with two each. The Crusaders also took 19 draw controls to Erskine's 10. The Abbey outshot the Flying Fleet 38-11.
Belmont Abbey will welcome Barton College on Saturday, April 7 for a 12:30 p.m. contest.