The Men's Lacrosse team of Belmont Abbey won 17-3 in today's Senior Day matchup against North Greenville. The victory moves the Abbey to 10-2 on the year with a 3-1 conference record, while North Greenville fell to 4-9 on the season and 2-3 in conference play.
Belmont Abbey scored early and often, as Billy Huss found Adam Wiedemann for a goal just nine seconds into the game after winning the opening faceoff. Just over a minute later, Kyle McGinley made it a 2-0 Abbey lead. Another minute later, Connor Sellars set up Wiedemann for his second goal of the game. Another 30 seconds and Sellars again assisted Wiedemann to give Belmont Abbey a 4-0 lead. Wiedemann scored two more goals and assisted on another as the Abbey led 7-0 at the end of the quarter.
The teams traded possessions in the early part of the second, until Sellars ended the drought with a score off a pass from Wiedemann. McGinley later made it 9-0 in favor of the Abbey. In the last five minutes of the half, Callum Tanner assisted Sellars and scored a man-up goal off a Wiedemann pass and the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey led 11-0 at halftime.
Thomas Farrell scored his first goal of the game off a pass from Wiedemann in the third. It didn't take long for McGinley to increase the Abbey lead to 13-0. At the 5:19 mark, Brendan McGovern set up Wiedemann for a goal and a 14-1 Abbey advantage. Goals by Sellars and Jason Hollister in the last five minutes of the quarter gave Belmont Abbey a 16-1 lead going into the final period.
The Crusaders of North Greenville were the first to score in the fourth on a man-up opportunity, but Liam Kircher set up Jake Telitz for a goal and a 17-2 lead. In the end, Belmont Abbey earned a 17-3 victory.
On the day, Wiedemann led all scorers with six goals and four assists. Sellars was next with four goals and three assists. McGinley chipped in three goals on just three shots on goal. Huss had an exceptional day on the faceoffs, winning 16 of his 23 faceoffs. Devin Cruz paced the defense with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Huss picked up 12 ground balls, mostly through his faceoffs. Wiedemann and David Salter contributed with three ground balls each. Goalie Harley Whitham earned three saves, as the defense did a solid job, limiting North Greenville to six shots on goal.
Belmont Abbey will next welcome Limestone College on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00PM for its final home game of the regular season.