Morgan Saves 16 as Belmont Abbey Downs Queens

Belmont Abbey built a 9-4 lead at the half and kept its advantage behind goalkeeper Tory Morgan's career-high 16 saves as the Crusaders earned a key Conference Carolinas win with a 10-6 triumph over the visiting Queens Royals this afternoon at Alumni Field.

The win moves the Abbey's record to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in Conference Carolinas, while Queens drops to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in Conference Carolinas.

Queens scored three goals on its first three shots, the last of which knotted the game at three with 19:25 to play in the first, but the Crusaders ran away from the Royals as they scored six of the last seven goals of the half to open up a 9-4 halftime edge. Six of the goals came from four different players, as Rebecca Diggs scored twice, the first on a free position shot, while Elyse Mohn, Katy Connery and Lindsay Connolly scored the others.

Only three goals were scored in the second half as the goalkeepers combined to stop 21 shots, 11 from Morgan, who also totaled a game-high six ground balls. The Royals scored twice in the first 18 minutes to close the lead to 9-6 with 12:56 left, but Emily Hudgins found Connolly in front of the net and her shot found the back of the net with 4:34 to play to seal the win.

The Crusaders outshot Queens 30-29 and won the ground ball battle 26-24. The Crusaders won ten draw controls as Laura Dowd led the way with four. Lauren DiChiara caused a game-high three turnovers, while Connolly and Mohn both finished with two. The Crusaders totaled ten on the day.

Mohn led the Crusaders with three goals, while Connolly and Diggs both registered a pair. Hudgins, Dowd and Connery all had one each. Connolly posted two assists, while Hudgins, Mohn and Megan Patton had one.

Brittany Philip led the Royals with three goals. Shannon Casey, Brittany Barnwell and Kristi Kemp each had one. Casey had two assists and Paige Fisher had one.

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BELMONT, N.C. A first half five point deficit proved to be too much for the Royals to overcome as they fell 10-6 to Belmont Abbey at Alumni Field. Queens' record dropped to 4-7 on the season and 1-2 in the league, while the Crusaders improved to 4-5 on the year and 2-1 in Conference Carolinas.

Queens scored three goals on its first three shots, the last of which knotted the game at three with 19:25 to play in the first. After Shannon Casey's goal, the Crusaders would open things up scoring six of the last seven in the half giving them a 9-4 advantage heading into the break.

The second half was much quieter on the offensive end with a combined total of three goals being scored thanks to the effort in goal on both ends. The keepers stopped a total of 21 shots, 11 from Taylor Morgan of Belmont Abbey and 10 from Danielle Horoschak of Queens.

Brittany Philip brought the Royals to within three of the Crusaders scoring Queens' two goals in the second, but that was as close as the Royals would get as Belmont Abbey notched one more before closing things out with a four point edge.

The Royals were outshot by the Crusaders, 30-29. Belmont Abbey also won the battle for draw controls 10-8.

Brittany Philip led the Royals with three goals, four draw controls and two ground balls. Shannon Casey, Brittany Barnwell and Kristi Kemp each had one goal. Casey also had two assists and Paige Fisher had one.

Elyse Mohn led the Crusaders with three goals and one assist. Rebecca Diggs and Lindsay Connolly each notched two.

The Royals will travel to face Lees-McRae on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

2012-03-28



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