BELMONT N.C. - The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team won 29-3 over the Chowan Hawks this afternoon on Senior Day. The Abbey finishes the season with a 11-4 record, including a 6-1 conference record. The Hawks finish the year 1-12, and 1-6 in Conference Carolinas play.
Right from the start it was all Abbey, which scored just 33 seconds into the game, as Callum Tanner found the back of the net on a pass from Liam Osborne. Just a couple minutes later, Osborne made a pass to Adam Wiedemann that resulted in a goal. It was 4-0 when Billy Huss scored an unassisted goal with 11:26 to play, which turned out to be the game winner. At the 8:35 mark, Osborne handed out assist number three, as he set up Tanner for another goal and a 6-0 Abbey lead. At the 5:06 mark, Osborne scored a goal of his own. Then Huss won the ensuing faceoff, bolted down field, and scored just 10 seconds after Osborne's goal, giving BAC a 9-0 advantage. He also scored with six seconds left in the quarter, and the Crusaders led 14-0 at the end of the quarter.
In the second, defender Cody Agrella scored his first goal of the season, on a pass from Wiedemann. Just five seconds later, senior Matthew Matthew Durney scored, also on a pass from Wiedemann. Later in the quarter, Liam Kircher recorded his second goal of the season on a man-up opportunity. With four seconds remaining in the half, Bryan DePass found the back of the net, and the Crusaders took a 21-2 lead into halftime. At this point, the stubborn Abbey defensive unit had only allowed five Chowan shots.
Kircher was the first to find the net in the third, which he did at the 11:12 mark. Then with 4:01 in the period, freshman Jordan Chiavola scored his first goal of the season, off a pass from Zach Hahn. Thomas Farrell set up Kyle Curtis for a goal, and the Crusaders took a 24-2 lead heading into the final quarter.
Curtis scored again in the fourth, and freshman Roman Huntley scored his first goal of the day in the period. The defense continued to cause turnovers, and limit Chowan's possessions. At the end, the Crusaders took the 29-3 victory.
On the day, Wiedemann tallied four goals and five assists for a total of nine points to lead The Abbey's offensive charge. Tanner scored six goals, and dished out an assist for a total of seven points. Osborne finished with a goal and five assists. Sixteen Crusaders scored at least one goal. On the defensive side, The Abbey allowed just three goals on 17 shots by the Hawks. The Crusaders picked up 63 ground balls to Chowan's 21, led by Dylan Harmon's seven. Senior Merek Regan had a game-high three caused turnovers. BAC won 30 of the game's faceoffs, led by Huss going 9-11. Junior Harley Whitham got the win in goal.
Belmont Abbey earned a first-round bye in the Conference Carolinas tournament, as it finished with the #2 seed. It will await the first-round winners to determine its opponent.