The Limestone men's lacrosse team scored seven times in the second half as Belmont Abbey entered halftime trailing by just one goal as the Saints defeated the Crusaders 14-7 this afternoon in the semifinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. Limestone moves to Sunday's final as it improves to 15-1, while the Abbey slips to 10-5.
Belmont Abbey played Limestone even in the first half, as nearly each Saints goal was matched by the Crusaders. Belmont Abbey closed the first quarter with two unanswered goals from Connor Sellars and a man up strike from Brendan McGovern with 3:31 to play cut the Saints lead to 4-3.
Both teams scored three times in the second quarter, as the Crusaders closed out their four straight goal string with a pair to open the period, as Jason Hollister tied the game at four just 1:25 in, followed by Callum Tanner's man up strike that gave the Abbey its first lead over Limestone.
The Saints immediately moved back in front, scoring three unanswered goals to seize a lead they would never lose again as Limestone moved in front 7-5. Riley Quinlan trimmed the halftime deficit to one with a goal at the 2:31 mark to send the Crusaders into the lockerroom trailing 7-6.
The second half, however was all Limestone, as the Saints outscored the Crusaders 4-0 in the period, outshooting the Abbbey 15-3.
Hollister opened the fourth quarter with a goal, but Limestone countered with three unanswered to close the game and win 14-7.
Sellars and Hollister led the Crusaders with two goals each. Tanner, Quinlan and McGovern all had one. Sellars added two assists with McGovern adding another.
Belmont Abbey will close the season Saturday, May 2 when it hosts Coker in the season finale. It will also be Senior Day. Face off is 2:00 from Alumni Field.