The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse squad earned a 16-6 victory this evening at Coker. It was the first time Belmont Abbey had ever played on the campus of Coker College. With the win, the Crusaders improved to 9-2 on the season while Coker fell to 3-9.
Balance was the key to the game, as nine Crusaders recorded at least one goal, while on the defensive end five Crusaders forced at least one Coker turnover. Connor Sellars scored the first goal of the game off a pass from MJ Miller. Just 34 seconds later, Kyle McGinley scored off a pass from Adam Wiedemann on a man-up opportunity. Toward the end of the quarter, Coker scored a man-up goal, but the Abbey responded as Sellars scored his second goal of the day off a Devin Cruz pass to put the Abbey up 3-1.
Early in the second Brendan McGovern set up Callum Tanner for a man-up goal and a 4-2 lead. Late in the period the Belmont Abbey offense exploded as Jason Hollister and Miller each scored a goal while McGinley scored two goals in the final 3:40 of the half. The Crusaders led 8-3 at halftime.
It only took 2:40 into the third for McGovern and the Crusaders to find the net and gain a 9-3 advantage. A few minutes later Thomas Farrell scored and Sellars had a goal not long after that as the Crusaders took a commanding 11-4 lead. With 1:02 left in the period Sellars scored off a Miller pass, and nine seconds later Miller scored off a Sellars pass. Belmont Abbey led 13-5 heading into the fourth.
Cruz scored the first goal of the fourth off a pass from David Salter and the Abbey led 14-5. Bryan DePass found the back of the net at the 6:53 mark. Then Hunter Jones set up Jason Hollister for the final Crusaders score of the day as the Abbey took the contest 16-6.
On the day, Sellars led the Crusaders offensive charge with four goals on just six shots on goal. He also had two assists. McGinley scored three goals. Hollister and Miller each scored two. Cruz led the Abbey's defensive effort with five caused turnovers and four ground balls. The Crusaders' defense only allowed Coker to get nine shots on goal.
Belmont Abbey will be back in action Saturday, April 9 at 1:00PM for its Raise the Red Senior Day.