Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville men’s lacrosse could not overcome an early four-goal deficit on Saturday as #14 Belmont Abbey went on to win 12-9 over the Crusaders.
North Greenville trailed 2-0 in the first quarter before a goal from Alex Proly cut the lead in half at 2-1 with 8:57 left in the period. Proly finished as one of two players with three goals to lead the team during the afternoon matchup.
Abbey answered with three unanswered scores to extend the lead to 5-1. North Greenville later trimmed the deficit to 5-4 with a goal from Tyler Holland but the Crusaders from up north added a set of scores in the final minutes to take an 8-4 lead into intermission.
NGU opened the second half with a flurry of scores as Proly and Foster both scored to make the score 8-6, inching the Crusaders closer. BAC Stayed a step ahead of NGU though, answering every scoring rally with one of its own. Two unanswered goals from Abbey extended the lead back to 4-goals with 2:19 left in the third.
Foster tossed in his second and third of the game in the fourth quarter while Hunter Burgett also scored for NGU to make it 11-9. NGU had a chance to pull to within one goal, but a save from BAC keeper Harley Whitham made a great save, a stop which later turned into the 12th goal of the day for Abbey.
In the end, the Crusaders struggled with possession, turning the ball over 11-times, only four of which were caused. NGU also totaled five penalties during the league contest. Foster and Proly led the team with three scores. Austin Dixon also scored one along with Burgett and Holland. Braeden Dixon totaled 11-saves in net.
North Greenville fell to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in league play. The Crusaders will host Pfeiffer University at 1pm next Saturday.