The nationally-third ranked Limestone Saints built a 12-4 halftime lead as they went on to defeat Belmont Abbey 20-7 this afternoon at Alumni Field. Limestone improves to 12-1 overall and 3-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in league play. The Crusaders host Lees-McRae Wednesday in the regular season finale.
The Saints led 5-2 after one the stretched its lead to 12-4 at the half as they outscored the Abbey 7-1. Limestone scored the first six goals of the period before a man-up goal by Joey McGinley stemmed the tide. The Saints scored the last goal of the period to take a 12-4 halftime lead.
Both teams scored twice in the third period as McGinley and Will Chastain both netted goals. The final period saw Limestone outscore the Crusaders 6-2 as Devin Cruz scored his first goal of the year, causing Limestone goalkeeper Patrick Sheridan to cough the ball over and Cruz picked it up and fired the ball into the empty net for the goal.
After Limestone scored three-straight, Connor Sellars scored the final Crusaders goal at the 5:17 mark.
Limestone outshot the Crusaders 40-37 and won the face-off battle by a 21-10 count. Ryan McMahon made his first career start in the cage and stopped two shots. Brett Lawless played the final 43:48 and collected eight saves.