GAFFNEY, SC - The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team competed with #1-ranked Limestone, but the second half proved the difference in the team's 16-8 loss to the Saints. The Abbey is now 7-3 on the year with a 2-1 conference record. The Saints move to 9-0 overall and 2-0 in Conference Carolinas play.
Limestone scored early, but that did not phase the Crusaders. Junior Brendan McGovern got the Crusader scoring going with a goal at the 7:02 mark to pull the Abbey to within two at 3-1. Near the end of the quarter, junior MJ Miller found the net to make it a 5-2 Saint lead. Limestone led 6-2 at the end of the period.
The second quarter belonged to the Abbey as Adam Wiedemann put up a goal 2:10 into the period. Limestone scored next, but it only took 27 seconds for McGovern to set up Liam Osborne for a goal and pull within 7-4. Later in the quarter, Callum Tanner and McGovern scored goals less than a minute apart from each other to help the team climb to within one at 7-6. Midfielder Kyle McGinley capped off the Crusader scoring in the period with a goal at the 3:49 mark. The Saints led 9-7 at halftime. In the second period, Belmont Abbey outscored the Saints 5-3.
The Crusaders gave up a goal at the 13:43 mark of the third, but then the defense stepped up, surrendering just one goal over the next 10 minutes. Limestone led 13-7 heading into the final period.
It took Osborne less than two minutes to get the offense going in the fourth, as he scored his second goal of the day. Unfortunately, the Abbey could not put any more shots in the net, though the defense kept Limestone scoreless over the last 8:20 of play. The Saints won the contest 16-8.
On the night, McGovern and Osborne each scored two goals and handed out one assist to lead the Abbey's offensive efforts. Wiedemann tallied a goal and an assist. He also picked up an impressive eight ground balls. Junior Harley Whitham made 18 saves in goal. He led his opponent by six in that category.
Belmont Abbey will next face off against #8 Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday, April 1 in Hickory. That contest will begin at 1 p.m.