Osborne Tallies Six Points in Win; Crusaders Await NCAA Invite

Osborne Tallies Six Points in Win; Crusaders Await NCAA Invite

BELMONT, N.C. - Liam Osborne scored four goals and dished out two assists in a 12-10 Crusader win over Lindenwood (Mo.) this afternoon.  The win puts The Abbey at 14-4 on the year.  The Lions are now 6-7.

Adam Wiedemann got the scoring started, off a pass from Sean Hanrahan just three and a half minutes into the game.  With 4:13 left in the quarter, Jack Pigott scored a man-up goal to tie the game at two.  Vinny Vultaggio capped off the quarter's scoring with a goal with just 22 seconds remaining, and the game was tied at three heading into the second period.

The Lions scored first in the second, but Wiedemann tallied a man-up goal off a pass Osborne.  Dylan Harmon won the ensuing faceoff, bolted downfield, and scored for a 5-4 Abbey lead.  Osborne got the final score of the period, and Belmont Abbey held a 7-5 lead at halftime.  Harmon won 12 of the 14 faceoffs in the half.  As a team, the Crusaders outshot the Lions 26-8 in the half.

Lindenwood scored a man-up goal to open the third, but Kyle McGinley responded with another Crusader man-up goal.  The tough defenses by both teams forced a back and forth game for most of the quarter, until Wiedemann found the back of the net with seven seconds to go.  This gave The Abbey a 10-7 lead heading into the final period.

It only took Osborne 16 seconds to score the first goal of the fourth.  He scored again at the 10:40 mark for a l12-7 Crusader lead.  After that, Lindenwood made a run with three goals later in the quarter, but the Crusader defense held up, finishing with a 12-10 Abbey win.

On the day, Osborne led The Abbey's offensive attack with four goals and two assists.  Wiedemann tallied three goals.  On the defensive end, Brendan McGovern and Brody Munro each caused two turnovers.  Harmon wonm 17 of his 25 faceoffs, and picked up a game-high 12 ground balls.

Belmont Abbey now awaits the NCAA Tournament selection results.