Ten Crusaders Scores in Victory over Bobcats

BELMONT, N.C. -- Ten Belmont Abbey players scored, five twice, as the Crusaders picked up its first Conference Carolinas victory with a 15-6 win over the visiting Lees-McRae Bobcats this afternoon at Alumni Field. The win ups the Abbey's record to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Bobcats fall to 1-8 overall and 0-3 in league play.

The Abbey, which outshot Lees-McRae 57-15, received two goals from Tanner Scharr, Jared Shickles, Joey McGinley, Jarrett Bergin and Corey Cooke. Dan Morrissey, Ryan Corrigan, Scotty Steele, Brendan Rogers and Gregg Medici all had one. Morrisey had two assists, as did Josiah Nash. Corrigan, Rogers and Steele each had one.

Scharr scored the first goal of the contest at the 10:14 mark and after Lees-McRae tied the game just under two minutes later, The Abbey closed out the first quarter with three unanswered goals to lead 4-1 after one.

The Bobcats scored the first and last goals of the second quarter, but the Abbey had four of its own between those, two coming from Cooke, as the lead grew to 8-2 at the half.

Belmont Abbey started the second half strong, scoring three goals on nine shots to build its lead to 11-4. The fourth quarter saw Shickles score both of his goals, the first of the quarter and the Abbey's last, as the Crusaders totaled four in the period to cement a 15-6 victory.

Every available Crusader saw action as the defense caused 21 turnovers, six coming from Connor Doyle, while Medici and Jon Wolcott had three. Shickles, Nash and Kevin Costa each had a pair.

The Crusaders won the ground ball battle 47-41 as Shickles's nine led all players. He also won nine face-offs. Goalkeeper Brett Lawless made just two saves in the first 45 minutes before giving way to J.J. Rowan, who stopped one shot and scooped up three ground balls.

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BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey College outscored Lees-McRae College by an 8-3 margin in the first half en route to a 15-6 victory in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday afternoon.

Belmont Abbey (3-5, 1-1 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (1-8, 0-3 CC) by a 57-15 margin, including a 33-5 advantage in the first half, while edging the Bobcats, 47-41, in ground balls. Lees-McRae won 14 of 23 face-offs, as Belmont Abbey converted 24 of 27 clear attempts.

Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) paced the Bobcats with a game-high three goals, as Derin Vacca (Wake Forest, N.C.) added two assists and an 8 for 11 afternoon in the face-off circle. Ryan Sparks (Hilton Head, S.C.) chipped in seven ground balls, as Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Justin McLaughlin (Charlotte, N.C.) each scoped up six balls. Harrison made 23 saves between the pipes for the Bobcats.

Five players scored a pair of goals for the Crusaders, as Tanner Scharr, Jarrett Bergin, Jared Shickles, Joey McGinley, and Corey Cooke each found the back of the net twice on the afternoon. Josiah Nash and Dan Morrissey both added two assists, as Shickles and Scharr chipped in nine and eight ground balls, respectively. Brett Lawless and J.J. Rowan recorded two and one saves, respectively, between the pipes for Belmont Abbey.

The Abbey struck first at the 10:14 mark, taking an early 1-0 lead on a Scharr strike before Ives evened the tally at 1-1 off a pass from Vacca less than two minutes later. Belmont Abbey answered with a trio of goals, taking a 4-1 lead on a late strike by McGinley to cap the period.

After Brett Yusiewicz (Chapel Hill, N.C.) opened the second with a goal to cut the margin to 4-2, the Abbey countered with four strikes to push the lead to 8-2 with 4:53 to go in the half. Ives would cap the scoring for the half with just 15 seconds left, trimming the advantage to 8-3 heading into the intermission.

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