W. Lacrosse

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Holds On To Beat Belmont Abbey, 13-12

L-R sophomore Mary Minick scores four times as the Bears win for the third time in four tries this season

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Mary Minick led the way with a match-high four goals in a 13-12 win on the road over Belmont Abbey Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field in Belmont, N.C.Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Mary Minick led the way with a match-high four goals in a 13-12 win on the road over Belmont Abbey Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field in Belmont, N.C.

Box Score

Belmont, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (3-1) held on in the end to defeat Belmont Abbey (3-1), 13-12, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

L-R sophomore Mary Minick (Marietta, Ga.) led the way with a match-high four goals as the Bears jumped out to a seven-goal advantage and handed the Crusaders their first loss of the season.

The Crusaders' Katy Connery (Long Beach, N.Y.) scored three goals and assisted on five other scores in the losing effort.

L-R led by a 9-5 advantage at halftime and pushed its margin to 12-5 on a free position goal by Minick with 16:03 left in the second half.

From there, Belmont Abbey rattled off six straight goals before Minick pushed the lead to 13-11 on her fourth and final four goal of the contest with 4:54 left in regulation.

Connery scored the match's final goal 46 seconds later but Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on for its second straight win.

L-R also received three goals from sophomore Sarah Gioconda (Apex, N.C.) while sophomore Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) also scored twice for the Bears, who held the advantage in shots taken (29-27) in the match.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ashley Gruning (Jackson, N.J.) earned the win after stopping nine shots while Belmont Abbey's Danielle Ruffalo (Huntersville, N.C.) suffered the loss in goal. Ruffalo made five saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in Winter Park, Fla., against Rollins on Wednesday, March 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Belmont Abbey, meanwhile, plays at Rollins this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

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