Belmont Abbey Cruises Past Lees-McRae

Laura Dowd and Elyse Mohn both scored four goals on five shots, and Lindsay Connolly scored three times and handed out five assists as Belmont Abbey posted its third-straight win with a 20-4 victory at Lees-McRae tonight. The win moves the Abbey's record above .500 at 7-6 overall and 3-2 in Conference Carolinas, while Lees-McRae drops to 1-11 overall and 0-6 in Conference Carolinas.

The Crusaders scored the first 11 goals of the game in the first 12 minutes. After missing its first two shots, the Crusaders found the back of the net on four of its next six shots as the Abbey built a 15-2 halftime lead. The Crusaders scored 15 goals on 22 shots in the half. Mohn scored all four of her goals in the first half, while Dowd had three of her four in the opening 30 minutes.

Mohn and Dowd led all players with four goals. Connolly now has ten goals and eight assists in her last three games. Rebecca Diggs and Katy Connery both scored twice, while Lauren DiChiara, Molly Schaefer, Megan Patton, Ariel Walker and Meghan McSherry all had one each. McSherry's goal is the second of her career, with the first coming on Tuesday in the win over Catawba. Patton, Connery, Diggs and Shannin Darley each had one assist.

The defense caused six turnovers with Mohn leading the way with two. DiChiara, Patton, Tory Morgan and Alyssa Greco all had one each. Morgan made five saves in the cage.

Belmont Abbey outshot Lees-McRae 36-11 and held a 40-22 edge in ground balls. Mohn and Connolly's five led all players. Lees-McRae won the draw control statistic 17-8, as Dowd won seven of those for the Crusaders.

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BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey outscored Lees-McRae by a 15-5 margin in the first half en route to a 20-4 victory on Friday night in Conference Carolinas play on Tate Field.

Belmont Abbey (7-6, 3-2 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (1-11, 0-6 CC) by a 36-11 margin, including a 22-6 advantage in the first half, while winning the ground ball battle, 40-22. The Bobcats controlled 17 of 25 draws on the evening, as Belmont Abbey converted 18 of 20 clear attempts.

Anna DeLuke (Woodstock, Ga.) celebrated her senior night with her 11th career goal, as Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.), Nicole Dupont (Fort Myers, Fla.), and Olivia Gudewich (Frederick, Md.) each found the back of the net for the Bobcats. Rooney and Nicole Nixon (Charlotte, N.C.) each tallied an assist, as Rooney controlled a game-high eight draws and Jessica Travers (Asheville, N.C.) posted nine saves and five ground balls.

Elyse Mohn and Laura Dowd each posted a game-high four goals for Belmont Abbey, as Lindsay Connolly tallied a hat trick and five assists on the night. Katy Connery and Rebecca Diggs both chipped in two goals and one assist, as Dowd recorded a game-high seven ground balls. Tory Morgan made five saves between the pipes for the Abbey.

Belmont Abbey jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, stretching the margin to 11-0 before Gudewich got the Bobcats on the board off a pass by Nixon. After the Crusaders countered with a pair of goals and Rooney answered with a strike of her own, Belmont Abbey closed out the first half with two goals to take a 15-2 advantage into the intermission.

Dupont answered for the Bobcats four and a half minutes into the second half, taking a pass from Rooney and finding the back of the net to open the period. Belmont Abbey would counter with a trio of strikes, as DeLuke capped the scoring for the Bobcats at the 8:30 mark with her seventh goal of the season.

Lees-McRae is expected to return 16 letter-winners from this year's squad, including rising seniors Travers, Nixon, Emily Guenthner (Nampa, Idaho), Cynthia Wegner (Stem, N.C.), Jessica MacConnell (Cary, N.C.), and Alexandra Smith (West Seneca, N.Y.).


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