The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team closed out the 2015 season with a 14-11 victory over Coker at Alumni Field. The Crusaders finish the year with a record of 11-5, while Coker closes out the season with a mark 9-5.
Belmont Abbey's 11th win ties the school record set in 2012, and the Crusaders finish with a winning percentage of .688, which is the best finish in program history.
After the two teams finished the first quarter tied at two, Belmont Abbey pulled away in the second period as it outscored the Cobras 5-1 to claim a lead it would not lose again.
Belmont Abbey's lead rose to as high as 10-3 as the defense kept the Cobras off the board for 27:02. Coker scored its second period goal with 13:15 left in the second, and they did not score again until the 52 second mark of the third period.
The Crusaders enjoyed a 10-3 lead before the Cobras offense came alive, scoring three goals in the final 52 seconds of the third period to cut the Abbey's lead to 10-6 after three.
Coker opened the fourth period with a goal to inch closer, but Belmont Abbey scored four of the next five goals to stretch its advantage to six goals at 14-8 with 8:20 left in the game. The flurry was capped off by three straight goals, the final two from senior Joey McGinley as the Crusaders moved their lead back to a comfortable margin.
The visitors scored the final three goals of the game, all in the final 8:20, the last coming with nine seconds left.
In their final collegiate games, McGinley led the way with four goals, with Riley Quinlan adding one and three assists. Bryan Hickey caused three turnovers and collected five ground balls. It was also the final games for Max Becker and Patrik Seus.
Belmont Abbey outshot Coker 39-28 and won 18 of 28 face offs as Billy Huss won 17 of 27. Cruz won his only face off while causing a turnover and collecting six ground balls.
Goalkeeper Harley Whitham stopped six shots and caused a turnover.