The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team dropped a 12-7 game this evening in Gaffney, SC. The Crusaders outscored Limestone 6-2 in the second, but the rally was not enough, as the Abbey fell to 7-6 on the year and 3-2 against Conference Carolinas opponents. Limestone improved to 11-2 on the season with a 6-0 conference record.
After a handful of Limestone goals in the first half, attacker MacKenzie Miller put the Crusaders on the board with a free position goal with 16:28 left in the half. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, it was their lone goal of the period as Limestone led 10-1 at halftime.
It only took 1:25 for the Crusaders to get the scoring going in the second as Erin Kunkel scored off a pass from Rebecca Luca. A few minutes later, Luca scored on a free position opportunity to pull the Abbey within striking distance at 10-3. Just 2:15 after Luca's goal, midfielder Rebecca Stromberg found the net off a pass from Caitlin Cook. The teams traded possessions for a while until Limestone scored a free position goal to go up 11-4. The Crusaders quickly responded as Luca set up Kunkel for her second goal of the day with 10:55 left in the game. At the 8:39 mark, Cook scored off a feed from Katelin Glass, the Abbey fifth score of the period. Then at the 3:36 mark, Luca scored a free position goal to make it a 12-7 game. That, however, turned out to be final score.
On the night, Luca led the Crusaders offensively with two goals and two assists. Kunkel also scored twice, while Cooke recorded a goal and an assist. Defensively, Miller led the Abbey with two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Defenders Rachael Cox and Bryn Kelly recorded two caused turnovers and two ground balls each. Kassie Easter picked up three ground balls while also forcing a Limestone turnover. Belmont Abbey won nine draw controls. Goalies Reilly Johnson and Annie Brannon recorded a total of seven saves.
The Crusaders will next take on Lees-McRae in Banner Elk, NC on Saturday, April 16 with a 1:00PM start time.