BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team earned an 18-8 victory this afternoon over Pfeiffer at Alumni Field. The Crusaders improve to 4-1 in 2017 and 1-0 in Conference Carolinas play. The Falcons move to 1-4 on the year with a 0-1 conference mark.
The Abbey scored early and often, with Callum Tanner scoring the first goal less than a minute into the contest. Less than a minute after that, Collin Grippo scored on a pass from Adam Wiedemann. Grippo would score again later in the period. In the final four minutes of the quarter, Liam Osborne assisted Wiedemann on a goal, scored a goal at the 2:41 mark, and assisted MJ Miller for a goal to lead the Abbey to a 7-1 lead when the period expired.
Sean Hanrahan struck first in the second quarter, with a score at the 11:21 mark. With nine minutes in the half, Wiedemann gave the Crusaders a 9-1 edge. Kyle McGinley made it 10-1 at the 4:32 mark. Also the Crusaders defense played very well, as it did not give up a Pfeiffer goal in the quarter until the 1:11 point. Belmont Abbey led 10-2 at halftime.
In the third, the Crusaders continued to cause Falcon turnovers and keep their offense in possession. With 6:21 to play in the period, Wiedemann scored a man-up goal off a pass from Brendan McGovern. In the closing minutes of the frame, Tanner scored his second goal of the off a pass from McGinley, and Wiedemann scored with three seconds remaining to give the Crusaders a 14-2 lead heading into the final period.
It only took Zach Hahn one minute into the fourth to give Belmont Abbey another score. Later in the period, Kyle Curtis and Hahn scored just 30 seconds apart before Richard Fischer capped it all off. The Crusader took the 18-8 victory in its conference opener.
Wiedemann was the offensive lead with four goals and an assist. He now leads Conference Carolinas with 22points. Faceoff specialist Billy Huss won 12 of his 15 faceoffs on the day. He also picked up a game-high seven ground balls. As a unit, the Abbey recorded 46 ground balls to Pfeiffer's 26. Hanrahan and Jack Diebolt each caused three Falcon turnovers. Belmont Abbey goalies combined for 12 saves.
Head Coach Chris Barrett offered some positive thoughts on today's action, stating: "It was a full team effort today. We were fortunate to play a lot of guys and see some good things out there today. We need to be ready for a very good opponent in Tampa next week."
Belmont Abbey will next host Tampa on Saturday, March 11 on Alumni Field for a 1pm faceoff.