Belmont Abbey Scores Last to Edge Lenoir-Rhyne

Belmont Abbey junior defender Lindsay Connolly capped off her five goal on six shot day with the game winning goal at the 6:03 mark to hand Lenoir-Rhyne its first home loss, as Crusaders earned an 11-10 win this afternoon in Hickory. The triumph increases the Abbey's record to 5-6, while Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 11-4.

Connolly led all players with five goals on six shots, including both of her free position goals. She also scooped up four ground balls. Laura Dowd added a pair of goals, while Elyse Mohn, Katy Connery, Emily Hudgins and Megan Patton had one each. Connolly and Rebecca Diggs both totaled one assist. Diggs's assist came on Connolly's game-winner.

The Crusaders dominated the first half as they built an 8-3 lead, outshooting the Bears 18-8. Connolly scored the first goal of the game, which was answered by two from the Bears. Dowd and Connolly fired right back with consecutive goals, and after L-R's Mary Minick tied the game at three on a free position shot with 14:52 to go, the Abbey closed the half on a furious five unanswered goals run, coming from Patton, Hudgins, Connolly, Connery and Dowd, to build an 8-3 halftime lead.

Lenoir-Rhyne opened the second half on a tear, scoring the first four goals of the stanza in the first 9:44 to close the gap to 8-7. Mohn halted the flurry with a strike at the 18:43 mark to push the lead back to two at 9-7, but L-R charged ahead with two unanswered goals, the first at the 17:43 mark and the other with 9:53 showing. That goal, scored by Lauren Donovan, tied the game at nine.

Connolly took over from there, as she scored two of the last three goals of the game, the first coming on a free position shot with 7:25 to go, which pushed the Crusaders back ahead 10-9.

35 seconds later, Hayley Beaty tied the game for the fifth time, but Connolly was not finished. 52 seconds after Beaty's goal, Connolly scored her fifth and final goal of the game, taking a pass from Diggs and firing home the game winner. Both defenses held ground and kept the game scoreless from there as the Abbey earned the win.

The final totals showed the Abbey outshooting Lenoir-Rhyne 29-25 and a 14-10 advantage in draw control wins as Dowd and Gina Colella both led the Abbey with three each. L-R won the ground ball battle by a 34-32 count. Dowd scooped up a game-high six, while Connolly and Mohn both had four, as did Connolly and goalkeeper Tory Morgan, who made 10 saves in the cage


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