Riley Quinlan and Connor Sellars each scored four goals as the Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team scored seven straight first period goals after yielding the first goal of the game to take a lead it would never lose and post a convincing 21-8 win at Lees-McRae this afternoon. Belmont Abbey wins its third straight as the Crusaders move to 9-4 overall and 2-3 in Conference Carolinas, while the Bobcats drop to 1-12 overall and 2-6 in the league.
After Lees-McRae scored 15 seconds in to grab a quick 1-0 lead, the Crusaders responded with seven unanswered goals in a span of 8:10 to end all doubt. Six different players scored those seven goals, with Quinlan netting two. Liam Kircher knotted the game at one with 9:30 to go, and Joey McGinley gave the Crusaders the lead 2:33 later. McGinley's goal was followed by markers from Quinlan, Devin Cruz, Sellars, Huss and another from Quinlan. Lees-McRae scored the final goal of the quarter to make the score 7-2.
The Bobcats outscored the Abbey 4-3 in the second period to close the Abbey's lead to 10-6 at the half, but the Abbey held the hosts off the board in the third period as the offense struck for seven goals to power ahead 17-6 after three periods.
Belmont Abbey closed the game with four goals in the final 15 minutes with the Bobcats scoring three times.
12 different Crusaders scored as Quinlan and Sellars both led the way with four. Quinlan added five assists. McGinley netted three goals with Hunter Jones adding two. Cruz, Kircher, Huss, Callum Tanner, Brendan McGovern, Jason Hollister, Nick LaSalla and MJ Miller all added one.
Belmont Abbey outshot Lees-McRae 65-27, won 46 ground balls and 21 face-offs. Huss won 17 of 24 face-offs and scooped up a career-high 10 ground balls. Cruz collected nine ground balls and caused two turnovers.