The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team suffered a 14-9 loss at Queens this afternoon in a battle of former Conference Carolinas rivals. Queens improves to 1-2, while the Abbey falls to 1-3.
Queens led 2-1 after one as Connor Sellars tied the game at one after an early Royals goal. Queens scored three times in the second, the last with six seconds left to pull ahead by two at the break. The Crusaders pulled to within 4-3 on goals by Joey McGinley and Brendan Rogers, but Casey Hock scored with six ticks left to send Queens into the break leading 5-3.
Sellars scored the first goal of the third period but Queens quickly responded with three-straight to increase its lead to 8-4. Riley Quinlan stopped the momentum with a man up goal with 7:54 to play, but the Royals scored three of the final four goals to grab an 11-6 lead heading into the final period.
Both teams scored three times in the final quarter, as Scotty Steele netted two and Sellars added the other, a man down goal with just under five minutes left, which turned out to be the final goal of the game.
Queens outshot the Abbey 42-32 and the Royals held a slight 15-12 edge in face-offs. Sellars scored three goals on nine shots while Steele added two on six. He also had three caused turnovers. Quinlan netted two scores and a caused turnover.