Belmont Abbey senior Joey McGinley scored four goals on five shots and freshman Brendan McGovern added three more as the Crusaders men's lacrosse team improved to 2-0 with a convincing 15-6 road victory at Catawba this afternoon. The Indians fall to 0-2 in the defeat.
The Crusaders led 6-2 at halftime after both teams posted matching scorelines in the first and second quarters.
After the Indians scored the first goal of the game, the Crusaders netted three straight in a ten minute span to take a lead they would never lose again.
49 seconds after Catawba took the lead, McGinley found the back of the net for the first of his four strikes, followed by another from Connor Sellars and lastly from McGovern as the Abbey led 3-1 after one.
The scoreline was the same in the second quarter as Riley Quinlan made it 4-1 two minutes into the period. After Catawba scored on a man up marker, Belmont Abbey closed the half with two unanswered, coming from Jason Hollister and McGinley to send the two teams into the break with the Crusaders holding a 6-2 lead.
The second half was all Crusaders, as the Abbey scored nine goals on 15 shots to pull away from the homestanding Indians.
Belmont Abbey's lead grew to 9-1 as the Crusaders scored the final three goals of the period, on markers from McGovern (man up), Callum Tanner and Hollister. Quinlan was credited with the assist on all three goals, as he totaled four on the afternoon.
Leading 10-3 heading into the fourth, the Crusaders offensive surge continued in the final 15 minutes as the Abbey scored five goals on eight shots, including the final three winners of the game, which were produced by Quinlan, McGinley and McGovern. Nick Lasalla added his first goal of the year, which came in the fourth period.
Catawba outshot the Crusaders 36-32 but the Indians turned the ball over 26 times, nine of which were caused by Belmont Abbey. James Gillman and Devin Cruz both had two caused turnovers.
The Crusaders are back in action Friday at 1:00 when it welcomes Chesnut Hill to Alumni Field.