Belmont Abbey Sprints by Lees-McRae to Go 5-0

Belmont Abbey freshman Katelin Glass scored four goals and assisted on three others as nine different players recorded a point as Crusaders moved to 5-0 with a convincing 20-2 victory over Lees-McRae this afternoon at Alumni Field. Belmont Abbey moves to 2-0 in conference play, while Lees-McRae falls to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Today's contest was scheduled to be played in Banner Elk but winter weather forced a venue change to Belmont.

The Crusaders dominated from the start, scoring the game's first six goals in the opening 5:27 to establish the tone early.

The Bobcats Jenah Tracy broke the string with a goal at the 14:02 mark, but the Abbey scored the final three goals of the half to move ahead 9-1 at the break. Six different players found the back of the net on 20 shots.

The second half was no contest, as the Abbey outscored Lees-McRae 11-1, netting 11 goals on 19 shots.

Glass scored her last three goals of the game in the opening seven minutes of the second half, the last of which giving the Abbey a 14-1 lead. The Crusaders scored the first ten goals of the second half and the last came on Alyssa Greco's first career goal, a free position shot with 45 seconds left.

Belmont Abbey outshot Lees-McRae 39-12 as Glass scored four goals on seven shots. She also had three assists, five ground balls and a draw control win. Shanin Darley scored one goal but matched Glass's tally with three assists.

Katy Connery scored three goals with one assist, three draw control wins and four ground balls. MacKenzie Miller, Lauren DiChiara and Megan Patterson all scored twice, while Jordan Hofmeister, Ariel Walker, Darley and Greco all had one score.

Defensively, Gina Colella caused five turnovers and won six ground balls while six other players-Natasha Whitman, DiChiara, Hofmeister, Molly Schaefer, Kassie Easter and Miller-all had one each.

Whitman stopped three shots in the cage, all in the first half. Danielle Ruffalo played the final 30 minutes and made five saves.

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BELMONT, N.C. -- Lees-McRae suffered a 20-2 loss in Conference Carolinas action against Belmont Abbey Thursday afternoon at Alumni Field in Belmont, N.C.

The Crusaders (5-0, 2-0 CC) remain perfect on the season despite being the designated away team while playing at home due to weather conditions in Banner Elk, N.C. The Bobcats (2-3, 0-2) saw impressive play from sophomore Jenah Tracy (Naples, Fla.) and senior Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.), whom were responsible for both LMC goals.

The Crusaders' MacKenzie Miller and Katelin Glass jumpstarted the offense while combining for three goals and an assist, pushing BAC out to a 6-0 lead in the first 15:33 of action.

Tracy swam through the Crusader defense and notched a goal at the 14:02 mark to put the Bobcats on the board, 6-1.

Belmont Abbey's Shanin Darley dished out a pair of assists while the Crusaders tallied a trio of goals in the last eight minutes of the first half.

Glass paced the Crusaders with a three of her game-high four goals and an assist in the first eight minutes of the second half, 14-1.

LMC's Rooney whipped a shot past Danielle Ruffalo, her conference-leading 15th goal of the year, with 86 seconds remaining.

Sophomore Mia Emmerson (Orlando, Fla.) earned 13 saves while LMC scooped up 21 groundballs.

The Crusaders defense stymied LMC, forcing 27 turnovers, while Glass paved the way in all offensive categories.

The Bobcats return to action March 15 in a nonconference bout at Columbia in Columbia, S.C. at 2:00 p.m.


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