Queens vs. Belmont Abbey
April 23, 2010
The Game Story:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Belmont Abbey scored two goals in the last eight seconds to win, 11-10, in the Conference Carolinas men’s lacrosse Semifinals against Queens University of Charlotte Friday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders advance to the Finals to face returning champion, and top seed Limestone College at Queens Sports Complex on Sunday.

The Royals took an early lead when Brian Masterson (Toledo, Ohio, St. John's Jesuit) found Alex Wesenberg (Bloominton, Minn., Jefferson) after just over two minutes of action. Belmont Abbey would settle over the next seven-plus minutes before tying the game on a Ryan Corrigan goal. Queens would answer at the two-minute mark to take a 2-1 lead into the second quarter.

Handling a 4-2 lead with six minutes expired in the second, the Royals momentum came to a halt. At 9:26, Fred Bush (Jordan, NY, Jordan-Elbridge) received a 30-seond minor for pushing, which was parlayed with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when Bush exchanged words with an opponent on his way off the field. The Crusaders took advantage of the one-minute major with a pair of goals from Tanner Scharr to tie the game. Shortly after, Corrigan’s second goal of the game put Belmont Abbey ahead, 5-4. The Crusaders weren’t done as Ryan Morrissey extended the lead to two at 2:20.

Freshman Jimmy Baker (Prince Fredrick, Md., Calverton) pulled the Royals within a point with under one minute remaining. With time ticking off the clock, Masterson found that back of the net with one second remaining to take Queens into the half tied at six.

The game slowed down coming out of the break, as a pair of Alex Warehime (Millersville, Md., Old Mill ) goals sandwiched by a pair from Belmont Abbey were the only action in the third quarter.

The Royals controlled the grind-it-out style of play early in the fourth quarter, tallying a pair of goals from Louie Boyle (Bel Air, Md., Bel Air) and David Weise (Chesapeake Beach, Md. , Huntingtown) with a man-advantage for a 10-8 lead with 5:34 remaining in regulation.

The Crusaders continued to fight, scoring just 48 seconds later to cut the deficit to one.

Belmont Abbey spent the final minute working inside Queens’ territory before Morrissey hit Dave DiLuigi for his second goal of the game with eight seconds remaining. After the goal, Belmont Abbey Head Coach Jim Dietsch called his final time out to review their options.

The Crusaders sent Nick Boylan to counter the Royals’ Joe Taylor in the circle. After a faceoff violation, Belmont Abbey was awarded possession. Quickly working the ball from midfield to their offensive zone, Corrigan found Matt Spivey for the game-winner as time expired.

The Crusaders went 15-for-22 in the circle en route to outshooting the Royals 34-26.