BELMONT, N.C. - The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team scored two early goals against #5-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne, but the Bears ended up with a 10-4 win. The Abbey is now 5-1 on the season, while Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 5-0.
Jason Hollister scored just five minutes into the contest. Callum Tanner found the back of the net at the 6:40 mark, giving The Abbey an early 2-0 lead. Then Lenoir-Rhyne scored two goals in the final two minutes of the quarter, to tie the game at two. The second quarter was a defensive battle in which Belmont Abbey forced six L-R turnovers, and limited the Bears to just six shots. Neither team scored in the period, and the game remained 2-2 at halftime.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored just six seconds into the third period. After a Bears goal at the 12:41 mark, the defensive unit again stepped up and held the Bears to just one goal over the next 11 minutes. At the end of the period, Lenoir-Rhyne led 6-2. L-R score44d twice in the opening six minutes of the fourth. Then, later in the period, the Crusader offense came together again, and scored twice in the final five minutes of the game, capped by a Sean Hanrahan goal with 1:18 to play. In the end, however, the Bears took the contest 10-4.
On the day, four different different Crusaders tallied goals in the game. Defenseman Conor Larkin's six ground balls tied for the game's high. Anthony Cesario caused three L-R turnovers. Billy Huss won 10 faceoffs. Harley Whitham made nine saves in goal.
Belmont Abbey will visit the University of Tampa next Wednesday, March 14, at 8 p.m.