Ten different Belmont Abbey players scored goals, five of whom scored twice, as the Crusaders men's lacrosse team picked up its first Conference Carolinas victory with a 15-6 win over the visiting Lees-McRae Bobcats this afternoon at Alumni Field. The win ups the Abbey's record to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Bobcats fall to 1-8 overall and 0-3 in league play.
The Abbey, which outshot Lees-McRae 57-15, received two goals from Tanner Scharr, Jared Shickles, Joey McGinley, Jarrett Bergin and Corey Cooke. Dan Morrissey, Ryan Corrigan, Scotty Steele, Brendan Rogers and Gregg Medici all had one. Morrisey had two assists, as did Josiah Nash. Corrigan, Rogers and Steele each had one.
Scharr scored the first goal of the contest at the 10:14 mark and after Lees-McRae tied the game just under two minutes later, The Abbey closed out the first quarter with three unanswered goals to lead 4-1 after one.
The Bobcats scored the first and last goals of the second quarter, but the Abbey had four of its own between those, two coming from Cooke, as the lead grew to 8-2 at the half.
Belmont Abbey started the second half strong, scoring three goals on nine shots to build its lead to 11-4. The fourth quarter saw Shickles score both of his goals, the first of the quarter and the Abbey's last, as the Crusaders totaled four in the period to cement a 15-6 victory.
Every available Crusader saw action as the defense caused 21 turnovers, six coming from Connor Doyle, while Medici and Jon Wolcott had three. Shickles, Nash and Kevin Costa each had a pair.
The Crusaders won the ground ball battle 47-41 as Shickles's nine led all players. He also won nine face-offs. Goalkeeper Brett Lawless made just two saves in the first 45 minutes before giving way to J.J. Rowan, who stopped one shot and scooped up three ground balls.