BELMONT, N.C. - Liam Osborne scored four goals and handed out two assists, leading the Crusaders past Molloy College 14-6 this afternoon. The Abbey now stands at 3-0 in 2018. It was the Lions' season opener.
It only took Osborne 49 seconds to put the Crusaders in on the board early. Kyle McGinley and Callum Tanner also scored in the opening quarter, giving the Crusaders a 3-0 lead after the first. Vinny Vultaggio put Belmont Abbey up 4-0 early in the second. Just 37 seconds later, a man-up goal by Tanner extended the lead to 5-0. The tough Abbey defense did not give up a Molloy goal until the 4:46 mark in the quarter. With less than a minute to go in the period, Kyle McGinley scored a man-up goal off a pass from Adam Wiedemann, and The Abbey held a 7-1 advantage at halftime.
The third quarter was a defensive battle, with both teams forcing turnovers and limiting ooportunities for the opposition. Brendan McGovern scored the Crusaders' goal in the period to put The Abbey in front 8-2 heading into the final quarter. Osborne scored the first Crusader goal of the fourth at the 9:56 mark, and added another with 6:35 to play for an 11-4 Belmont Abbey lead. Then Tyler Dalle found the back of the net at the 3:23 mark, before handing out an assist to Brett Oor in the closing seconds to wrap up the 14-6 win.
On the day, Osborne was the Crusaders' offensive leader with four goals and two assists. He also picked up five ground balls. Faceoff specialist Billy Huss won26 of his 22 faceoffs, and picked up nine ground balls. Defensively, Cody Agrella caused two Lion turnovers. As a unit, The Abbey outshot Molloy 43-26.
Belmont Abbey will welcome Florida Southern College next Friday, February 23, at 3 p.m.