The 14th-ranked Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team dominated Shorter from start to finish, bolting out to a 9-4 halftime lead and never looking back as the Crusaders move to 5-0 for the first time in program history with a 16-10 win this afternoon at Alumni Field. Shorter falls to 2-5in the loss.
The five game winning streak is also a new school record, and the 5-0 start bests the record of 4-0, set in 2013.
Belmont Abbey was in control from the start, leading 4-2 after one as the Crusaders netted the first four goals of the game. Hollister scored twice, with David Salter and Brendan McGovern adding one each.
The offensive surge continued in the second, as the Abbey found the back of the net five times, the first two coming on a man up opportunity after Shorter was penalized for an illegal crosse. Hollister and Quinlan netted the first two, followed by winners from Billy Moore and Nick LaSalla. Quinlan added another as the Crusaders built a 9-4 halftime lead.
The third quarter mirrored the first, as Belmont Abbey scored four goals, including the first three of the quarter. Connor Sellars scored his first goal of the game, followed by two from Quinlan. Quinlan capped the scoring with his fifth goal of the game-and his third of the quarter-at the 2:06 mark.
The Hawks outscored the Abbey 4-3 in the final period, but the Crusaders started the period with a man up strike from Joey McGinley. Sellars and Liam Kircher also scored, with Kircher's goal the first of his career.
Belmont Abbey outshot Shorter 51-29 and won the ground balls battle 36-29. The Crusaders also won 17 of 28 face offs as Billy Huss won 13 of 22. Devin Cruz caused three turnovers with McGinley adding two. Cruz also had a career-high 11 ground balls.
Belmont Abbey is back in action Friday at 1:00 p.m. when it hosts Lake Erie.