Pfeiffer off to Best-Ever Start with Win at Wingate

Wingate, N.C.---Pfeiffer University scored five unanswered goals spanning two quarters and made the lead stick as the Falcons collected a 10-8 NCAA Division II victory over Wingate University Saturday at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field on the Wingate campus.

Pfeiffer is 8-1 overall; the Falcons have won seven straight contests. The Wingate Bulldogs are 4-5 overall. Wingate visits Queens University of Charlotte Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Pfeiffer hosts Merrimack (Mass.) College Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Four Falcons scored two goals each. Freshman midfield Steven Tilmon (Orlando, Fla.) topped the Pfeiffer point charts with two goals and two assists. Wingate freshman midfield Troy Press (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) scored the first two goals of his Bulldog career Saturday. Junior attack David Lee (Greensboro, N.C.) also contributed two goals for the hosts.

Wingate led 3-2 when Press scored his first collegiate goal at the 11:50 mark of the second quarter. Pfeiffer responded with five consecutive scores to take the lead for good on a Tilmon tally with 8:44 remaining in the third quarter. Falcon junior midfield Justin Rose (Rochester, N.Y.) had two goals in the game-changing flurry. Rose assisted on the Tilmon goal which gave Pfeiffer the 7-3 advantage.

The Bulldogs didn't quit, cutting the deficit to two on four different occasions. Lee scored both of his goals in the fourth frame. The second Lee marker (on a power play) with 45 seconds remaining cut the Pfeiffer margin to 10-8. Wingate would get no closer.

Wingate outshot Pfeiffer 34-25, including a 19-12 margin in the first half. Falcon freshman goalkeeper Hayden Kirk (Farmingdale, N.Y.) kept the Bulldogs at bay with 11 saves. He allowed eight goals, earning his eighth victory of the season. Bulldog junior goalkeeper Danny Dlugozima (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) had nine saves. He surrendered 10 goals. Dlugozima (4-5 overall) and Kirk both played 60 minutes.

Wingate freshman midfield Bryce Sneed (Apex, N.C.) won seven of nine face-offs Saturday. He added four ground balls, second to Dlugozima's five pick-ups. Pfeiffer freshman midfield Billy Rawson (St. Charles, Ill.) won 10 of 20 face-offs. Rawson and Kirk shared team-high honors with seven ground balls each. The Falcons had 38 grounds balls, compared to 28 for the Bulldogs.


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