Belmont Abbey junior attackman Connor Sellars scored four goals on six shots and freshman Jason Hollister added three as the Crusaders men's lacrosse team snapped a three game losing streak with a 15-11 win over the visiting Queens Royals this afternoon at Alumni Field. Belmont Abbey improves to 7-6, while the Royals drop to 7-7.
The Crusaders led 4-3 after one period, but the second period was a different story, as the Abbey outscored the visitors 4-1 to stretch its lead to 8-4 at the half.
Belmont Abbey scored six straight goals during one stretch: the final two goals of the first quarter and the first four of the second. That string increased the Abbey's lead to 8-3 with 4:23 left in the first.
The Royals netted the last goal of the period to close the Abbey's lead to 8-4 at the half.
The third period saw the Crusaders outscore the Royals 3-2 to carry an 11-6 lead into the last period, but the Crusaders had to withstand an early Queens charge to begin the fourth.
Queens opened the fourth quarter with three straight goals to close the Abbey's lead to 11-9. Undeterred, the Crusaders fought right back with three unanswered to match the Royals surge.
Sellars buried two unassisted goals around a Callum Tanner score to move the lead to 14-9. After a man up goal by the visitors, Joey McGinley bounced an unassisted winner with 3:34 to play to stetch the lead back to five goals at 15-10. Queens netted the final goal of the game with 1:30 to play.
Belmont Abbey outshot the Royals 29-26, but the Royals won the battle in face-offs (21-8) and ground balls (27-21). Queens was undone by 20 turnovers to just ten for the Abbey.
Sellars scored four goals on six shots, while Hollister added three on three. McGinley and Riley Quinlan both added two, with Quinlan notching two assists.