DUE WEST, SC – The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team won 20-1 this afternoon at Erskine College. The win improves the Crusaders' record to 4-3 in 2017 and 3-1 in conference play. The Flying Fleet move to 1-6 with an 0-3 conference mark.
Belmont Abbey scored early and often, starting with a Rebecca Luca goal off a Katelin Glass pass just two minutes into the game. Luca scored again at the 23:41 mark, and Rebecca Stromberg made it a 3-0 Abbey lead less than a minute later. With 21:38 left in the half, Glass scored a free position goal for a 4-0 Crusader lead. Later in the half, Glass and Luca scored just 13 seconds apart from each other. The Abbey defense also held strong, as it had not given up an Erskine shot up to this point.
With 8:47 left, senior Jordan Hofmeister made it a 7-0 game with her first score of the day. It would take until the 8:29 mark before the Crusaders gave up an Erskine shot. Before the half was over, Belmont Abbey had 11 goals.
It only took the Crusaders four minutes into the second half to get the scoring going again, as Caitlin Cook set up Stromberg for a score. Less than two minutes later, Glass found the back of the net to increase the Abbey lead to 13-0. Just a couple minutes later, Cook scored a goal of her own on a pass from Hofmeister. Luca assisted Stromberg and Glass for a 17-0 Crusader advantage. The defensive unit continued to perform well, keeping the ball on Erskine's side of the field, and limiting the Flying Fleet's scoring opportunities. With 2:31 the game, Jenna Niedzwiedzki earned her first goal of the day off a pass from Allison Cline. With less than a minute to go, Marin Felsoci capped off the Abbey scoring, and the Crusaders took a 20-1 victory.
On the day, Luca led the Crusader scoring with six goals and three assists. She also picked up two ground balls. Glass also scored six times, while handing out an assist. As a unit, Belmont Abbey won 15 draw controls, and picked up 13 ground balls. It also converted nine of its 10 clear attempts. The defensive unit forced 19 Flying Fleet turnovers, while it also limited Erskine to three shots on the day.
The Crusaders will be back in action on March 15, when it visits St. Leo for a 7pm matchup.