HICKORY, N.C. - In a battle of two top-10 teams in Division II, the Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team took a tough 9-6 loss today at Lenoir-Rhyne. The defeat puts the Abbey at 7-4, while L-R improves to 9-1.
The Bears scored two goals early in the first, but attacker Liam Osborne found the net at the 5:23 mark to get the offense going for the Crusaders. Later in the quarter, Adam Wiedemann put a shot in goal to make it a 3-2 Bears lead heading into the second period.
In the second, the Crusader defense again gave up some early goals, then fought back, as Wiedemann scored his second of the day at the 4:36 mark. Lenoir-Rhyne went on to score two more goals for a 7-3 lead, the tide began to turn in favor of The Abbey in the final minute of the half. Midfielder Kyle McGinley gave BAC a goal with three seconds in the period off a pass from Osborne, and L-R led 7-4 at halftime.
Just a few minutes into the second half, Osborne scored again, pulling the Crusaders closer. At the 5:30 mark of the period, Osborne earned his second assist of the day as he helped Collin Grippo find the net, cutting the margin to 7-6. For the period, the Abbey outshot the Bears 7-2. The tough Crusaders defense did not give up any goals in this quarter, and it looked good for the Abbey going into the final period.
The defense continued to perform well, as it gave the Bears limited chances and forced multiple turnovers early. Unfortunately, on the offensive end, the shots would not reach the net, and two late goals by Lenoir-Rhyne gave the Bears a 9-6 victory.
On the day, Osborne scored two goals and handed out two assists to lead the Abbey's offensive efforts. Wiedemann also scored twice, while Billy Huss won 10 faceoffs. Grippo and Huss each picked up three ground balls, tied for the team's high. The Crusaders also converted all 11 of their clear attempts.
Belmont Abbey will be back for more game action on Wednesday when it visits Lees-McRae. That game will begin at 4 p.m.