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Defense reigned supreme as the No. 1 Bears suffocated Belmont Abbey with a 12-4 win in their first road game of the season. LR has now won nine straight road games and have downed back-to-back Conference Carolinas opponents to start the 2024 campaign. LR outscored Belmont Abbey 5-0 in the fourth quarter and held Belmont Abbey to just 24 shots.
LR outshot Belmont Abbey 15-5 in the opening quarter and ran out to a 3-0 lead. Ryan Duncan opened the scoring and Tommy Aguilar and Landon Parker also scored to put the Bears up three after one. Evan Voss made it 4-0 before Abbey broke through. Caison Dillon and Jarrett Huff would score for LR and the Bears took a 6-2 lead into the break. Two of the first three in the second half went to the Crusaders as the lead was cut to 7-4 but the Bears took over from there. Colten McCracken scored at the 13:56 mark of the fourth quarter and Voss scored less than a minute later. At the 11:10 mark, Duncan netted another goal to make it 10-4. The final blow came on an own goal by Belmont Abbey as a pass back to the goalie found the back of the net. Will Canata closed out the scoring as LR shut out Belmont Abbey in the final 15 minutes.
Duncan finished with a hat trick and added an assist while Voss had two goals and an assist. McCracken caused three turnovers and added two ground balls to go with his goal and assist. Rob Pensabene made 11 saves in his first start of the season. LR outshot Belmont Abbey 50-24 in the game and forced 22 Belmont Abbey turnovers.
The four goals allowed to Belmont Abbey are tied for the least goals the Crusaders scored in a game against Lenoir-Rhyne in series history. LR has won four straight over Belmont Abbey and are now 7-6 against the Crusaders all-time. The Bears are now 95-21 all-time as a ranked team. LR is 49-27 all-time in road games. This was the 38th straight win over an unranked opponent for the Bears.
The Bears will being a stretch against three teams ranked in the top 10 nationally on Sunday when they host Indianapolis at 1 p.m.