Crusaders Ground the Flying Fleet

Mackenzie Miller and Katy Connery both scored four goals on six shots and Lindsay Connolly handed out a career-high seven assists, as the Crusaders snapped a two-game losing streak with a dominating 18-3 win at Erskine this afternoon. The win ups the Abbey's record to 6-7 overall and 3-2 in league play, while Erskine falls to 5-10 overall and 1-7 in Conference Carolinas.

The Crusaders outshot the Fleet 37-14 and won 17 of 22 draw controls as they scored the first four goals of the game to put it away early. After an Erskine goal with 21:23 left in the first broke the string, the Abbey's momentum was merely halted as it closed the half by scoring six unanswered markers to carry a 10-1 lead into the break.

In the first half alone, the Abbey scored ten goals on 23 shots and held Erskine to just six shots while winning eight of 11 draw controls.

Gina Colella opened the final period with a goal but it was quickly matched by the Fleet. However, the Abbey scored seven of the next eight goals to clinch the easy victory.

Miller and Connery both scored four goals on five shots. Miller added two assists while Connery added one. Connolly's seven helpers are a career-best while scoring three times. Colella and Megan Patton netted a pair of goals, while Molly Schaefer, Reese Gassie and Rebecca Diggs all had one.

Connolly's seven assists raises her season total to 39. Patton, Schaefer, Christine Spellman and Ariel Walker all had one assist.

Defensively, Lauren DiChiara caused three turnovers, while Spellman, Walker and Meghan McSherry each had one. Connery and Patton won five draw controls each, and goalkeeper Danielle Ruffalo's six ground balls led all players. Ruffalo made two saves before giving way to Claire Kaiser, who stopped five shots in the final 5:35.


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