Crusaders power past Bobcats in second half, 16-6

Box score

BOONE, N.C. --- The Belmont Abbey College men's lacrosse team outscored Lees-McRae College by an 11-2 margin in the second half en route to a 16-6 win over the Bobcats on a chilly afternoon on the campus of Watauga High School in Conference Carolinas play.

Belmont Abbey (5-5, 2-3 CC) outshot the Bobcats (0-9, 0-3 CC) by a 49-26 margin, while holding a 13-10 advantage in face-off wins and edging Lees-McRae 31-27 in ground balls. Scotty Steele paced the Abbey with four goals on six shots, as Tanner Scharr and Ryan Corrigan each posted a hat trick and an assist. Nick Boylan, Dan Morrissey, Brendan Rogers, and Brian Watson each tallied a goal and an assist, while Tony Kikola made four saves through the first three quarters between the pipes to pick up the win. Merrick Reiland also tallied six stops in the fourth quarter for the Abbey.

Michael LaSalle (Londonderry, N.H.) opened his scoring account for the campaign with two goals to pace the Bobcats, while Kyle Judge (Hampstead, Md.) and Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) equaled LaSalle's total with a pair of tallies each. Judge, Derrin Vacca (Wake Forest, N.C.), and Brett Yusiewicz (Chapel Hill, N.C.) each posted an assist for the Bobcats, while Mike Fahey (Buffalo, N.Y.) tallied 19 saves between the pipes for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats opened the scoring midway through the first quarter, taking an early 1-0 lead on Ives' first goal of the game at the 8:03 mark for the lone tally of the period. Steele answered for the Abbey less than two minutes into the second, evening the tally at 1-1 on the man advantage. Ives responded with a power play goal of his own less than a minute later, giving the Bobcats a 2-1 advantage at the 12:16 mark.

Steele countered for the Abbey once again at the 11:59 mark, tallying his second goal of the contest to even the tally at 2-2. LaSalle and Judge responded with a goal each over the next six minutes as Judge gave the Bobcats a 4-2 lead at the 5:41 mark. Morrissey answered three and a half minutes later, scoring the first of three Crusader goals in the final 2:10 of the period as Belmont Abbey surged to a 5-4 lead at the intermission on a goal by Corrigan with 59 ticks left in the half.

Corrigan pushed the lead to 6-4 with a man advantage goal three and a half minutes into the third quarter, kick-starting a 6-1 period in favor of Belmont Abbey that stretched the margin to 11-5 after Judge capped the quarter with his second of the game at the 1:13 mark.

The Abbey put the game out of reach in the opening eight minutes of the fourth, pushing the lead to 12-5 on a goal by Boylan just over a minute into the quarter before LaSalle answered at the 11:30 mark for the Bobcats. Belmont Abbey then closed out the game with four goals over the final nine minutes, including a pair from Steele midway through the quarter.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday, April 9 when the Bobcats host St. Andrews Presbyterian College in a conference matchup at 2 p.m. on Tate Field.

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