CENTRAL S.C. - Rebecca Luca scored six goals to lead a dozen Abbey scorers in a 24-7 win at Southern Wesleyan this afternoon. The win puts The Abbey at 8-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play. The Warriors dipped to 0-11 on the season and 0-7 against conference opponents.
Marin Felsoci scored a man-down goal just two minutes into the contest, then scored again just 24 seconds later. Later in the half, Rebecca Luca scored back-to-back goals, one off a pass from Kylie Eastman, to put the Crusaders in front 8-0. At the 15:36 mark, Lauren Offerman scored a man-up goal on a free position opportunity to make it an 11-1 game. Southern Wesleyan scored three goals in a rown, but The Abbey responded just 37 seconds later on a score by Madison Eberhardt. With 7:13 in the half, a man-down goal by Marissa Laidley put the Crusaders in front 14-4. Laidley finished off the scoring in the half with a goal at the 5:18 mark, and the Crusaders led 15-4 at halftime.
It only took Rebecca Stromberg a minute and a half into the second to get the scoring going for the Crusaders. With 25:10 left in the game, Yasmina Hernandez scored her first goal of the contest. Then Luca scored three goals in a span of 3:01, one on a free position opportunity, to put The Abbey in front 21-4. Jenna Niedzwiedzki added a score with 11:29 to play. In the closing minutes, Eberhardt scored the final goal of the contest, as The Abbey wrapped up the game with the 24-7 win.
On the day, Luca led the offensive surge with six goals and two assists for a total of eight points. Felsoci recorded four goals, while Eberhardt added three. The defensive unit also played strong, registering eight caused turnovers, a total of 21 turnovers, and holding the Warriors to 17 shots. Belmont Abbey took 48 shots. The Crusaders picked up 27 ground balls, to the Warriors' 12.
Belmont Abbey will next welcome Erskine College to Alumni Field on Wednesday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m.