CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey traveled across town to Queens for the first road game in program history, but suffered a similar fate to season opener, a 1-0 setback.
Queens, also in its first year as a varsity program although with a club year under its belt, tallied the only goal of the contest 19:04 into the first half. Hanna Nechey took a give-and-go pass from Meghan Smiga in front of the net to beat Crusaders goaltender Anna Fleetwood.
Belmont Abbey (0-2) appeared to tie the game with a little over 10 minutes remaining, but Xanthe Rademeyer's conversion of a loose ball in front of the net was ruled an illegal hit. Players can only use three sides of her stick: the flat side and both edges.
Sophomore Nicole Wong led the Crusaders with four shots including two on goal. Emily Callery and Tyna Goodsell-Matthews each added a pair of attempts. Fleetwood finished the game with a career-high and school-record six saves. Queens held a slight 13-11 advantage in penalty corners.
Belmont Abbey returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 14 when it hosts future ECAC rival Newberry at 4 p.m. The game will be the first on campus as last week's scheduled opener was moved to Davidson due to weather.