BELMONT, N.C. - The Belmont Abbey Field Hockey team wrapped up its regular season Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 shutout over Coker at Alumni Field, clinching the No. 2 seed for the upcoming conference tournament. The team also celebrated its Senior Day, recognizing Xanthe Rademeyer and Nicole Wong for their contributions to the program in the three years since its inception.
The Crusaders finish the regular season 6-9 overall and 6-4 in conference play, while the Cobras claim the fourth seed at 6-6 overall and 5-5 in league play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Demetria Barrow converted a penalty stroke with just under 10 minutes left in the first half for the only scoring. It was her team-high-tying third goal of the season.
- Belmont Abbey's offense came out strong early, earning two corner opportunities in the first five minutes of the contest.
- The defense also played strong, not allowing a Coker shot for the first ten minutes of the game
- At halftime, Belmont Abbey held a 9-1 advantage in shots and had taken all eight corners of the contest.
- The defensive unit gave up just three shots in the second half, none on goal. The Crusaders outshot Coker 13-4 overall and has a 12-2 edge in penalty corners.
- Paige Hinds set the career record for shutouts with her third (second this season).
- Belmont Abbey will face No. 3 seed Queens on Friday in the second semifinal contest. The Crusaders and Royals split the season series with each team winning at home.