The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team won a crucial 9-7 victory at Lees-McRae this afternoon. The win moves the Crusaders' record to 8-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Bobcats dipped to 5-9 on the year and 3-4 against Conference Carolinas opposition.
The Crusaders struck first as Erin Kunkel, Caitlin Cook, and Mackenzie Miller all scored in the first eight minutes of the game for an early 3-0 lead. Luca scored at the 6:36 mark and less than a minute later, Rebecca Stromberg gave the Abbey a 5-2 lead. Jordan Hofmeister scored the final goal of the period to give the Abbey a 6-2 halftime lead.
It took Hofmeister less than two minutes into the second to record her second goal of the day, this one off a pass from Luca. Later in the half, Maeve Healy set up Miller for her second goal of the game. Katelin Glass sealed the game for Belmont Abbey with a goal at the 12:12 mark. The Abbey played solid defense the rest of the way, and took the game 9-7.
On the day, Miller's and Hofmeister's two goals each led the Crusaders offensive highlights. Healy and Luca each handed out an assist to a teammate. The Abbey's balanced play was reflected in ten Crusaders recording at least one ground ball. Goalies Reilly Johnson and Danielle Ruffalo each earned five saves on the day.
The Crusaders will welcome Erskine on Wednesday April 20 at 4:00PM.