Belmont Abbey senior Katy Connery and freshman Rebecca Stromberg both netted four goals as the Crusaders women's lacrosse team scored four unanswered goals in the first 4:33 to race out early and defeat Wingate 15-6 this afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium. Belmont Abbey is now 1-1 on the year, while Wingate drops to 1-2.
Today's game was originally scheduled to be played in Belmont, but the recent winter weather forced a venue change.
Connery, who scored four goals on five shots, also collected eight ground balls, won five draw controls and caused one turnover. Stromberg, in just her second career game, netted four goals on four shots with three ground balls and three draw control wins.
The Crusaders wasted no time jumping out early, as they scored four times in the opening 4:33, starting with Connery's marker just 58 seconds into the game. That was followed by goals from MacKenzie Miller, Rebecca Luca and Katelin Glass. Miller and Glass's goals came via free position, two of five free position goals for the Crusaders in eight attempts.
Wingate, a second year program, got on the board got on the board at the 22:23 mark, but Stromberg countered with the first of her four winners, a man up strike 40 seconds after the Wingate goal.
After the Bulldogs scored 13 seconds later, Belmont Abbey ripped off a five unanswered goal streak, running into the second half that increased the lead to 10-2. Miller tacked on one goal and Glass scored two to close the first half scoring to complete the first half with the Abbey leading 8-2. The momentum continued through the early part of the second half, as Belmont Abbey began the final half with two goals, from Connery and Rebecca Luca, to widen the margin to eight goals.
Wingate broke the string at the 22:40 mark, but the Crusaders answered with four consecutive goals, two each from Connery and Stromberg, to widen the lead to 14-3. Wingate tacked on three more goals around a goal from Stromberg as the Crusaders earned an easy 15-6 victory.
Belmont Abbey outshot Wingate 25-17 and held a 41-37 ground balls advantage. The Crusaders also won the draw control battle 13-10 and converted five of eight free position shots.
Goalkeeper Reilly Johnson stopped six shots. Freshman Camille Scumaci caused two turnovers with Connery adding another. All but one Crusader recorded at least one ground ball, with Connery's eight leading all players. Miller, Molly Schaefer and Kassie Easter all had four.