Belmont Abbey Rallies But Falls by a Goal to Lenoir-Rhyne

Trailing 9-5 at the half, Belmont Abbey outscored Lenoir-Rhyne 7-4 in the second half, and the Crusaders had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but Shannin Darley's shot was saved by goalkeeper Ashley Gruning as the Bears earned a 13-12 win this afternoon. Both teams are now 3-1 on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne outshot the Abbey 21-13 in the first half as it built a 9-5 halftime lead, but the Abbey fought back in the second half.

The final 30 minutes was played in an ice storm as turnovers were constant, as were goals. Lenoir-Rhyne scored the first three goals of the half to build its lead to 12-5, but the Abbey charged back with six unanswered goals in a seven minute span.

Rebecca Diggs, Elyse Mohn and Mackenzie Miller scored unassisted goals in a minute span, followed by a Katy Connery strike off of a feed from Lindsay Connolly which came 1:52 after Miller's strike, and it made the score 12-9.

Three minutes later, Connolly netted a free position strike to close the lead to 12-10, and one minute after that, Connery buried an unassisted goal to close the gap to just one.

L-R stemmed the tide at the 4:54 mark as Mary Minick scored for the fourth and last time. 46 seconds later, Connery scored again on a free position, which dropped the Abbey's deficit back down to one, but it turned out to be the last goal of the game.

The last minute was a whirlwind, as the Abbey had its last chance to score with under five seconds left. The Crusaders set up the offense, but Gruning stopped Darley at point blank range to end the game.

2013-03-02



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