Indiana (PA) scored the winning goal with 1.1 seconds left in regulation-the Hawks only lead of the game-to earn a 12-11 victory this afternoon at Alumni Field. Indiana (PA) improves to 2-3, while the Crusaders fall to 5-3.
Belmont Abbey rolled out to a 7-2 first half lead before the Hawks netted the final three goals of the half, all in the last 1:33, to trim the Crusaders halftime lead to 7-5.
The Crusaders maintained their lead for all 29:58 of the second half, until the Hawks netted the winner with 1.1 left.
Belmont Abbey fought back every Indiana (PA) charge, answering a Hawks goal with one of its own to surge back in front.
After Indiana (PA) tied the game at eight with 21:17 to play, Belmont Abbey scored two unanswered goals, as Shanin Darley and Jordan Hofmeister scored two minutes apart to give the Crusaders a 10-8 edge.
The visitors fired back with two unanswered, the last with 14:35 to play, to bring the game to a 10-10 stalemate.
9:25 later, with exactly 5:00 to go in the game, Kassie Easter scored an unassisted goal to move the Crusaders back in front 11-10.
Easter won the ensuing draw control as the Crusaders set up the offense and worked the clock, but with 3:29 left, a turnover gave the Hawks life.
After clearing the zone, Tara Nicholas tied the game at eleven with 2:09 to play.
Once again, Easter won the ensuing draw control, but another Crusaders turnover deep in the Indiana (PA) end with 1:26 to play gave the Hawks one more chance.
The Hawks ran the clock all the way down under ten seconds. With two seconds left, Amy Weinberg found Bailey McLeish at the front of the crease, and her shot beat Reilly Johnson with 1.1 left for the wininng goal.
The final stats were nearly even, as the Hawks outshot the Abbey 29-23 while earning wins in draw controls (13-11) and ground balls (29-27).
Johnson made 15 saves in the cage.