The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team outscored Mars Hill 4-2 in the final period, but the Lions had just enough to hold off late Crusaders charge to hold on and earn a 12-11 victory this afternoon at Alumni Field. Mars Hill picks up its first win of the year, improving to 3-1, while the Abbey falls to 1-4.
Four of the Abbey's five matches have been decided by one goal.
Mars Hill never trailed as it opened a 6-3 lead after one period, scoring six goals on nine shots. The Crusaders rallied in the fourth, scoring four goals, but the Lions did as well to carry a 10-7 lead into the break.
The third period was low scoring, as the Crusaders found the net twice while holding Mars Hill to one winner.
Riley Quinlan scored an unassisted tally less than three minutes in to cut the deficit to 10-8. Seven minutes later, Connor Sellars closed it to one with his third goal of the game. Mars Hill responded with a goal with just two seconds left, as Hunter Maggs beat the buzzer to extend the Lions lead to 11-9 entering the final period.
Belmont Abbey again outscored Mars Hill 2-1 in the final period, but it could not pull level with the Lions despite a flurry of late chances.
Brendan Rogers scored on a feed from Joey McGinley at the 12:16 mark. Three minutes later, however, Adam Zulak scored the winner for the Lions, beating Brett Lawless to push the Lions lead back to a pair.
Belmont Abbey did not go away, as Scotty Steele closed the lead to one at the 5:10 mark, but that was the final goal of the game.
The Crusaders had one final chance in the last 16 seconds. Mars Hill turned the ball over in the Abbey zone with 16 seconds left. Belmont Abbey cleared the zone and a pass to the goal mouth was intercepted by Lions goalkeeper Patrick McMahon at the buzzer to seal the win.
Mars Hill outshot the Abbey 38-34 and won 18 of 26 face-offs.