By John Fitzgerald
The Belmont Abbey Men's Lacrosse team beat Lenoir-Rhyne 11-10 in a game that was sunny at the beginning, and rainy by the start of the fourth quarter. The Crusaders moved to 2-0 on the year while the Bears fell to 0-2.
Lenoir-Rhyne struck early with a man-up goal by Carson Sterling less than a minute into the game. Belmont Abbey responded quickly, scoring two goals before the 7:12 mark. It was 2-2 heading into the second quarter.
Just 3:09 into the second, Adam Wiedemann found the back of the net to give the Crusaders a 3-2 advantage. Then with 7:46 left in the period, the Crusaders took advantage of a failed clear attempt by the Bears, with the goalie near midfield, for an open goal and a 4-2 lead. Senior Devin Cruz scored just 29 seconds later.
Later, Connor Sellars scored off a pass from Wiedemann with 2:14 in the quarter to put the Abbey in front 6-3. Wiedemann himself scored just 12 seconds later as the Abbey took a 7-3 lead into halftime.
Miller scored his second goal of the day three and a half minutes into the third. The Bears, though, continued to hang tough, as a Bears goal with 7:15 left in the third kept them within three. The Abbey went on to score three more goals before the period expired, and led 11-5 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, as the rain began to fall, the Bears made a rally, scoring just 36 seconds in to the quarter. They later scored two goals in a 1:03 span to pull within two. Another Bears goal with 5:19 to play made it 11-10. The Abbey defense stepped up and shut the Bears out the rest of the game for a nail-biting 11-10 win.
Wiedemann led the Crusaders offense with two goals and five assists for seven points. Sellars contributed with three goals. Kyle McGinley paced the Crusader defense with five ground balls, while goalie Harley Whitham recorded 11 saves.
The Abbey will next face off against Queens in Charlotte on Wednesday.