Belmont Abbey senior Katy Connery led the way with six goals, while Katelin Glass and MacKenzie Miller added four each as the Crusaders women's lacrosse team defeated Lees-McRae 23-1 in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
The Crusaders, seeded fourth, advance to Saturday's quarterfinal matchup at Limestone as they improve to 11-6. Lees-McRae ends its season with a record of 7-9.
The Crusaders scored early and often, starting with a Kassie Easter goal 28 seconds into the game. With just 18 seconds remaining in the first half, Erin Kunkel scored on a free position to put the Abbey in front 14-0. Belmont Abbey scored 14 first half goals on 22 shots.
Belmont Abbey continued its strong offense in the second half, outscoring the Bobcats 9-1. The defense kept Lees-McRae off the scoreboard until 1:31 left in the game. It was the first Crusader goal allowed since the 7:45 mark of the second half in the 22-8 win at Erskine. Belmont Abbey had held its opponents scoreless for over 126 minutes prior to the Bobcats goal.
Connery led all players with six goals on nine shots with seven draw control wins and six ground balls. Glass scored four on eight shots, with Miller adding four on seven with three ground balls. Shanin Darley scored three goals and handed out four assists. Easter and Rebecca Stromberg scored twice, with Rebecca Luca and Kunkel scoring once. Luca added two assists.
Belmont Abbey outshot the Bobcats 38-2 and won the edges in draw controls (25-1) and ground balls (21-10).