|Belmont Abbey senior attackman Michael Brown led all scorers with seven goals, six in the first half, as the Crusaders men's lacrosse team advanced to the semifinal round of the Conference Carolinas tournament with an easy 19-7 win over the visiting St. Andrews Presbyterian Knights this afternoon. The Abbey extends its winning streak to four, improving to 6-5, while the Knights end their season with a 4-12 ledger. The Abbey advances to play the top-seeded Limestone Saints Friday night at 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte.|
Brown posted seven goals on 12 shots with three assists with two ground balls. Jedd Gardner and Austin Whitesell both added three goals, while James Regan and Dave DiLuigi both posted two. Miles Elliott and Tom Ottman both had one. Brown's three assists led all players, while Elliott and Gardner had two. Brendan Wood had the other.
Ryan Hoover and Phil Hardy led the Knights with two goals each, while Ethan Young, Fred Parsons and Steven Tramonte all had one each.
The contest was never in doubt as the Abbey led 7-0 on ten shots after the first quarter as Brown scored three times, while DiLuigi posted two. Elliott and Whitesell had single goals. The advantage grew to 12-2 at the half as Belmont Abbey outscored SAPC 5-2 in the period, with Brown scoring three times. In the second half, the Cruaders outscored the Knights 7-5, outscoring them 4-1 in the third, with the Knights scoring four times in the fourth quarter.
Defensively the Abbey caused 12 turnovers as Gardner and Tristan Keas led the way with three each. Tony Kikola made nine saves in the first 30 minutes, while Merrick Reiland, who manned the net in the second half, made eight saves.