The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team earned a 30-6 win today over the Lees-McRae Bobcats at Alumni Field. The 30 goals set a new team record. Last week, Belmont Abbey scored 24 goals against Emmanuel (GA) which was then a team record. The win moves the Crusaders to 8-1 on the year and 2-0 in conference play, while Lees-McRae dipped to 1-6 on the season with a 0-2 conference record.
In the first quarter , Belmont Abbey scored early and often. Devin Cruz and Adam Wiedemann each scored in the first minute of the game. Wiedemann later scored two goals in a 1:21 span to give the Abbey a 6-0 advantage. At the 8:09 mark Jacob Clark set up Connor Sellars for his second score of the game. Less than a minute later, Thomas Farrell made it 8-0 off a pass from Wiedemann. A few minutes later MJ Miller and Kyle McGinley scored 1:10 apart from each other to up the Crusader lead to 10-0. Farrell and Wiedemann each scored in the final 30 seconds of the quarter to give the Crusaders a 12-0 lead heading into the second.
Sellars scored in the opening minute of the second off a pass from Wiedemann to give the Crusaders a 13-0 advantage. Three minutes later, he scored again off another Wiedemann pass. After another three minutes, it was Sellars setting up Wiedemann for a goal and a 15-0 lead. Wiedemann scored one more goal off a pass from Brendan McGovern for a 16-0 lead before the Bobcats scored their first goal of the game on a man-up opportunity. McGovern would later set up Kyle McGinley for the final goal of the quarter, and Belmont Abbey took a 17-3 lead into halftime.
Wiedemann and Billy Huss each scored in the third quarter's first 30 seconds, with Huss' coming straight off a faceoff win. Huss would later score off a pass from Liam Osborne, which made it a 22-5 Crusader lead. Osborne would then set Hunter Jones up for a score before scoring a goal of his own off a pass from Clark for a 24-5 Abbey advantage. Belmont Abbey led 25-5 heading into the fourth.
Lees-McRae scored with 12:20 left in the game, but the Abbey responded less than a minute later with a goal by Zach Hahn. Hahn would later assist Osborne, giving the Abbey a 28-6 lead. The final goal came with 2:42 left as Taylor Seger found the back of the net off Allen Workman's pass.
On the day, Wiedemann led the Crusaders' offensive attack with seven goals on just 12 shots, while also handing our four assists. Sellars contributed with four goals on just five shots, and also earned four assists. Osborne finished with three goals and three assists.
Defensively, the Crusaders were led by Devin Cruz, who caused six Lees-McRae turnovers and picked up 10 ground balls. Huss picked up 12. Crusader goalies made five saves as the defense only allowed 11 Bobcat shots.
Up next for Belmont Abbey is a visit to Mt. Olive on Saturday, April 2 at 1:00 PM.