By John Fitzgerald
The Men's Lacrosse team won its season opener 18-3 against the visiting Catawba Indians. Sophomore goalie Harley Whitham, who finished the game with ten saves, got the win.
The Abbey did not waste any time, as sophomore MJ Miller scored off a Brendan McGovern pass midway through the first quarter. Just three and a half minutes later, senior Connor Sellars found the back of the net to put the Abbey up 2-0. Then as the quarter was expiring, Sellars scored another goal to put the Crusaders in front 3-1 heading into the second.
The second quarter was all Abbey. Sophomore Callum Tanner scored two goals in the first 3:30 of the period. Just three minutes later, McGovern put up a goal to give the Abbey a 6-1 lead. With 5:4 remaining in the period, the Crusaders took advantage of a Catawba turnover as Adam Wiedemann scored off a pass from Jacob Clark. At half time, the Abbey led 10-1.
Wiedemann scored another goal just three minutes into the third with a man-up advantage. Three and a half minutes later, Miller scored his third goal of the day with another man-up advantage to put Belmont Abbey in front 12-1. The Abbey possessed a 15-1 lead before giving up a goal in the final minute of the third.
Once again, in the fourth, the Crusaders charged, as Thomas Farrell set up Sellars for a goal three minutes into the period. In the end, Belmont Abbey won a convincing 18-3 game.
Sellars finished the day with a game-high four goals. Miller and Kyle McGinley each chipped in three. Sellars and Wiedemann each handed out two assists.
Belmont Abbey is back in action next Saturday when it hosts Lenoir-Rhyne.