BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team defeated #11-ranked Lake Erie College this afternoon by a score of 15-4 at Alumni Field. The victory improves the Crusaders' record to 2-1. The Storm dipped to 0-1.
It did not take long for the Crusader offense to get into high gear. Midfielder Callum Tanner scored a man-up goal just 3:44 into the game. Lake Erie responded with a goal of its own at the 9:55 mark, but freshman Collin Grippo set up Adam Wiedemann for a goal and a 2-1 Belmont Abbey advantage. Scores by Kyle McGinley and Liam Osborne rounded out the quarter, which the Abbey won 4-2. The tough Crusader defensive unit only gave up one Storm shot in the final four minutes of the quarter.
The second quarter started out very similarly, as Grippo tallied a goal less than a minute into the period off a pass from Osborne. On the defensive side, Belmont Abbey forced a seven-minute span in which the Storm only got one shot off. During that time, Osborne and Wiedemann each scored to increase the Abbey lead to 7-3. That would be the score at halftime.
MJ Miller assisted Wiedemann for a score 2:13 into the third period. The stingy defense continued to prevent Lake Erie shots and causing turnovers. Near the end of the quarter, Tanner scored a goal to make it a 10-3 game. Junior Billy Huss won the faceoff, and Wiedemann scored six seconds into the possession. It would be 11-4 before the quarter expired, and the Abbey had momentum in its favor going into the final period.
Three early shots by Lake Erie resulted in two early saves for goalie Harley Whitham. At the 8:50 mark, Miller gave Belmont Abbey a 12-4 lead off a pass from defenseman Cody Agrella. A minute later, the Abbey got a man-up goal from McGinley. With 2:55 to play, freshman Vinny Vultagggio notched his first career goal on a pass from James Booth. Midfielder Sean Hanrahan capped off the Abbey scoring with a man-up goal with less than a minute to go. The Crusaders took the 15-4 victory.
On the day, Wiedemann scored a game-high five goals, and picked up three ground balls. Miller and Osborne each handed out three assists. Huss and Agrella each picked up five ground balls. Huss won 15 of his 19 faceoffs. Whitham made a season-high 17 saves in goal.
Head Coach Chris Barrett said of his team: "I am really proud of our effort and execution today. We stuck to the game plan and worked really hard all week to get the W."
The Abbey will be back for more action on Thursday, March 2, when it faces Queens (NC) on Alumni Field at 3:30pm. It will be the team's Raise the Red game.