BELMONT, N.C. - The No. 3-seeded Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team earned a 20-6 over the No. 6-seeded Lees-McRae Bobcats Wednesday in the Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals. The Crusaders are now 10-7 on the year. The Bobcats finish the season 5-10.
The Abbey scored early and often, with Katelin Glass getting the first goal of the game, on a free position shot, 49 seconds into the game. Less than a minute later, Rebecca Luca set up Marin Felsoci for a score and a 2-0 lead. Allison Cline connected with Madison Eberhardt for a score at the 26:44 mark, then Luca scored the next two for The Abbey to put the team in front 5-0. Later in the half, an Erin Kunkel goal, off a free position shot, gave the Crusaders a 7-1 advantage. Luca would score the next two Abbey goals. After that, it was Jordan Hofmeister's turn to tally two goals in a row for Belmont Abbey, which led 11-2 at the 5:38 mark. Glass would score on a pass from Caitlin Cook, and Belmont Abbey owned a 12-2 lead at halftime. At that point, the stubborn Crusader defense had only given up three shots.
It took Luca less than a minute into the second half to give the Crusaders another goal and a 13-3 advantage. Shortly after, she set up Cook for a score and a 14-3 lead. Cook scored again on a pass from Kunkel with 23:19 left in the game. Later in the half, Felsoci scored two goals in a row, increasing the margin to 18-5. With 1:50 left, Jordan Hofmeister found the back of the net on a wide open shot to cap off the scoring, and The Abbey took the 20-6 win.
On the day, Luca earned five goals and two assists for a total of seven points to lead the Crusaders' offensive charge. Hofmeister scored four times, while Kunkel scored twice and dished out two assists. Felsoci won five draw controls. Defensively, nine Crusaders each caused a Bobcat turnover. The defensive unit only gave up 11 Lees-McRae shots on the day.
The Crusaders will face the No. 2-seeded Limestone Saints in the conference semifinals. The game will take place at North Greenville at 4 p.m.