Defense, Early Goals Lead Abbey Past North Greenville 14-3

Defense, Early Goals Lead Abbey Past North Greenville 14-3

BELMONT, N.C. - The Belmont Abbey defensive unit gave up just three goals and 15 shot against North Greenville, while consistent scoring helped The Abbey to a 14-3 win this afternoon.  With the victory, The Abbey improves to 9-4 on the year and 4-1 in conference play.  North Greenville is now 6-8 on the season and 2-3 against Conference Carolinas opponents.

Three minutes into the game Jack Pigott put BAC on the board, and The Abbey never trailed in the game.  Pigott also scored with 1:23 in the quarter to make it 4-0, which proved to be the game winner.

Kyle McGinley got the scoring started in the second.  He scored again off a pass from Adam Wiedemann with 2:41 to play to put The Abbey in front 7-0.  Then BAC scored two goals in the final minute of the half.  Sean Hanrahan set up Collin Grippo for a goal.  Billy Huss won the ensuing faceoff, dashed down field, and made a nice pass to Wiedemann for a score just nine seconds after Grippo's.  NGU scored its first goal of the day with 17 seconds left, and The Abbey took a 9-1 lead into halftime.  In the half, BAC outshot North Greenville 36-8.

Wiedemann got the scoring started in the third off a pass from Grippo.  Liam Osborne scored two more goals for The Abbey in the half, one off a pass from Hanrahan.  BAC led 12-3 at the end of the quarter.  In the fourth, Wiedemann again was the first to score, this one off a pass from Osborne.  Hunter Duford tallied a goal with 7:59 to play, while the defense did not give up another NGU goal.  Belmont Abbey took the game 14-3.

On the day, Osborne and Wiedemann each scored three goals and handed out one assist, for four points each.  McGinley, Pigott, and Callum Tanner each scored twice.  Wiedemann picked up a game-high seven ground balls.  As a unit, BAC earned 35 ground balls to NGU's 17.  Defensively, Anthony Cesario, Conor Larkin, and Brody Munro each caused two North Greenville turnovers.  Harley Whitham made eight saves in goal.  The Abbey outshot NGU 57-15 on the day.

Belmont Abbey will welcome Lees-McRae College on Saturday, April 21, for a 12 p.m. contest.  The team will celebrate Senior Day before the game.