The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team fell 24-6 to nationally top-ranked Limestone this afternoon. The loss puts the Abbey's record at 10-3 with a 3-2 conference record. Limestone is now 14-0 and 4-0 against Conference Carolinas opponents.
Belmont Abbey attack Adam Wiedemann scored the first goal of the game less than two minutes in. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, Limestone scored the next seven goals in took a 7-1 lead into the second.
In the second quarter, Wiedemann once again scored the first goal of the period, this one on a man-up opportunity. Belmont Abbey held Limestone scoreless for the first 4:45 of the period, when the Saints made it 8-2. Limestone had a 15-2 advantage at halftime.
After a Limestone goal early in the third, the two teams traded possessions as they both turned up the defensive pressure. Senior Connor Sellars broke the scoring drought at the 8:21 mark to make it a 17-3 game. Just 1:40 later, attack Callum Tanner scored off a pass from Jason Hollister to make the score 18-4. With 17 seconds left in the period, Wiedemann scored his third goal of the day and the team's third goal of the period to make it 19-5 heading into the fourth quarter.
Midfielder Thomas Farrell continued the scoring spurt with a goal 3:33 into the fourth off a pass from Hollister. At the end, Limestone took the win 24-6.
On the day, Wiedemann led the Abbey's offensive attack with three goals on six shots on goal. Farrell and Tanner each scored a goal. Sellars recorded one goal and one assist, while Hollister handed out two assists. Defensively, the Crusaders were led by Devin Cruz and Merek Regan, who each caused two Limestone turnovers. Cruz also picked up four ground balls, while Ryan McLoughlin, David Salter, and Sellars each had three. Goalies Harley Whitham and McLoughlin earned eight saves on the day.
The Crusaders will next visit the Mars Hill Lions on Saturday, April 16 at 2:00PM.