Dominant Second Half Lifts Belmont Abbey Past Queens

Trailing 9-7 at the half, Belmont Abbey outscored Queens 14-6 in the second half, scoring nine-straight goals during one stretch, as the Crusaders earned a 21-15 non-conference win this afternoon at Alumni Field. The Crusaders snap a three-game losing streak as they improve to 4-3, while the Royals drop to 4-4.

Queens built a 9-7 halftime edge and improved it to 11-7 after scoring the first two goals of the second half, but the Crusaders fired back with nine unanswered tallies in a span of just 12 minutes. The goals came from Lindsay Connolly (2), Katy Connery (2), Reese Gassie (2), Shannin Darley, MacKenzie Miller and Rebecca Diggs. Gassie's second strike of the run, a man up goal, moved the Crusaders ahead 16-11.

Brittany Barnwell momentarily halted the run with the last of her four goals, but the Abbey fired right back with four straight, as Connery, Gassie, Miller and Megan Patton all scored in the flurry, which raised the Abbey's lead to 20-12. Queens scored three of the last four goals of the game.

Connery led the Abbey with seven goals, while Connolly, Gassie and Miller all netted three. Diggs, Patton, Darley and Lauren DiChiara all finished with one, and the Abbey posted another on a Queens own goal. Connolly posted three assists and Ariel Walker collected one.

Connery added four ground balls and two draw control wins. Gina Colella led the Abbey with three draw controls and seven ground balls. Danielle Ruffalo made 10 saves.

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BELMONT, N.C. After leading 9-7 at the break, Queens University of Charlotte lost 21-15 to Belmont Abbey College due to a tough second half. The Royals drop to 4-4 on the season, while the Crusaders improve to 4-3.

The Royals would fall behind 1-0 in the opening minute of action before notching back-to-back scores to take a 2-1 lead at 25:12. The Crusaders then answered with two goals in a row to regain the lead at 21:19. Arika Zimmerman gave the lead back to the Royals with 12:27 to play on an unassisted goal. They would then outscore the Crusaders 4-3 in the remainder of the half to take a 9-7 lead at the break.

Queens started the second half much like they ended the first, notching two in a row to extend their lead to four, 11-7. However, the Royals would go cold on the offensive end as the Crusaders scored 10 goals in a row, taking a 16-11 lead with 13:15 left in regulation. Barnwell's goal at 12:45 would bring life back to the Royals' attack, but Belmont Abbey answered with five straight, widening the gap to eight, 20-12. The Royals would score three more in the final four minutes of action.

Queens outshot Belmont Abbey 36-31, and won the battle for draw controls, 26-12. Nicole Forgione, Barnwell and Zimmerman each notched four points for Queens in today's game. Barnwell also led the Royals with nine draw controls.

Katy Connery led the Crusaders with seven goals. Lindsay Connolly added six points with three goals and three assists.

The Royals are on the road for their next two games in Severna Park, Md.

2013-03-13



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