Belmont Abbey senior Katy Connery led all players with six goals as the Crusaders scored 22 times on 29 shots in an easy 22-3 victory over the visiting Lees-McRae Bobcats this afternoon at Alumni Field. Belmont Abbey improves to 8-6 overall and 3-3 in Conference Carolinas, while Lees-McRae drops to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in league play.
The 22 goals are tied for third highest in program history and are the most since the 2013 season when the Crusaders scored 23, also against Lees-McRae on February 27 of that year.
Eight different Crusaders scored as Belmont Abbey opened up an 8-0 lead in the first 14:48 and would go on to lead at the half 13-1. Belmont Abbey scored 13 times on 19 shots.
Connery scored six goals on six shots while collecting six ground balls and five draw control wins. Katelin Glass, MacKenzie Miller, Kassie Easter and Rebecca Stromberg all netted three goals, while Erin Kunkel added two. Jordan Hofmeister and Rebecca Luca both had one. Shanin Darley handed out five assists with Hofmeister adding three.
The Crusaders outshot Lees-McRae 29-11 and won the ground ball battle 28-14. The Crusaders also claimed a 16-9 victory in draw controls.
Connery's five draw controls led all players, with Miller winning three. Glass, Easter and Stromberg all had two.