In his first collegiate game, Belmont Abbey freshman goalkeeper Harley Whitham stopped 19 shots while senior Riley Quinlan scored four goals on six shots with two assists as the Crusaders men's lacrosse team opened the 2015 season with an 11-8 upset over the 11th-ranked Florida Southern Mocs this chilly afternoon at Alumni Field. Florida Southern falls to 0-2 in the defeat.
Whitman, who faced 27 shots stopped 19 of those in 56:54 as he came off briefly in the second quarter after getting shaken up on one of those saves. Quinlan scored four times on six shots with a pair of assists while Callum Tanner and Jason Hollister-both freshmen-netted two goals. Connor Sellars added two as well. Joey McGinley added the other goal, after using a nifty shoulder fake to extend the Abbey's lead to 10-8 late in the fourth.
The two teams both scored twice in the first half but the Crusaders surged ahead 4-3 at the half as the Crusaders netted two goals, coming from Tanner and Hollister.
Belmont Abbey's momentum continued in the third, as it outscored the Mocs 4-3 as Sellars registered his two goals in the period.
Leading 8-5 heading into the final period, Belmont Abbey put the game away with four goals while Whitham stopped seven shots in the final 15 minutes to preserve the win.
Florida Southern outshot the Abbey 45-39 and the Mocs held a dominating 15-6 edge in face-offs and a 3-4 effort on the man up, while the Crusaders were 0-6.
The Mocs had one goal washed out due to an illegal crosse, which came in the second quarter.