Pfeiffer Takes Conference Win Over Queens

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - In her final collegiate home game, Sarah Hebberd notched a game-high five goals to lead 15th-ranked Pfeiffer to a 16-11 Conference Carolinas victory over Queens on Saturday afternoon. The win gives Pfeiffer the #2 seed in next week's tournament improving to 10-5 overall, 5-1 in league play. The Royals who host next week's post-season event drops to 8-7, 4-2.

Both teams went back-and-forth early in the first half until the Lady Falcons registered the final seven goals to create the game's separation. Liz Melesh and Jessica Moulton put Pfeiffer up 2-0 in the first 8:10 of the contest until Queens responded with a tally from Brittany Philip at 21:11. After Hebberd hit on her first of the day just after Natalie Marvin, the Royals would again stop the run with goals from Shannon Casey and Arika Zimmerman for a 4-3 Pfeiffer lead.

From there, Pfeiffer would close out the half on their 7-0 starting with two more from Hebberd. Hebberd would add one more in the stretch while Moulton would assist on two of the three for an 11-3 lead at the break.

After a free position goal by the Lady Falcons' Alex Cook at 16:43 of the second, Queens would rattle off the next three for a 14-6 contest. Marvin would stop the first stretch by the Royals at 7:36 while Zimmerman and Kristi Kemp finished off another three-goal streak with 2:12 to play in a 15-9 game. Despite a pair of Amanda Martin goals in the final 71 seconds, Hebberd would help the Lady Falcons move on to their five goal win to clinch the tournament's number two seed.

Queens held the shots advantage 33-30 and draw controls 15-14. Pfeiffer led 33-31 in groundballs and 11-9 in caused turnovers. Kaitlin Booth made 13 saves in net for the Lady Falcons while Chelsea Lancashire made nine for the Royals.

Pfeiffer will wrap up its 2011 regular season on Tuesday with the conference finale at Erskine beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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MISENHEIMER, N.C. Despite winning the second half of play 8-5, Royals suffered a 16-11 loss at the hands of Pfeiffer University. Queens University of Charlotte now holds a Conference Carolinas record of 4-2 (8-7 overall) while the Falcons improve to 5-1 in the league (10-5 overall).

Brittany Philip got the Royals on the board just under 10 minutes in to the game after Pfeiffer had gone up 2-0 early. After two more Falcons goals, Shannon Casey and Arika Zimmerman netted back-to-back goals as well bringing Queens to within one of the home team, 4-3. Zimmerman's goal would be the last of the half for the Royals as Pfeiffer went on a 7-to-0 run giving them a seven point lead heading in to the break, 11-3.

Pfeiffer began the second half much like they ended the first scoring three goals in a row. Queens' Caitlin O'Rourke broke up the run notching a goal at the 14:27 mark. Her goal was soon followed by a free-position-shot scored by Zimmerman making the score 14-5. A Kristi Kemp goal just under the 10 minute mark caped a 3-to-0 run for Queens.

The Royals closed the game scoring five more goals to Pfeiffer's two, however, the first half deficit proved to be too much to overcome.

Zimmerman led the Royals today with a hat trick while Casey, Kemp, and Amanda Martin each scored two goals. Caitlin Flanagan led Queens with three caused turnovers. Chelsea Lancashire took the loss in goal after collecting nine saves.

Sarah Hebberd led the Falcons and all players with five goals today. Natalie Marvin scored four goals while Alex Cook and Liz Melesh each notched two. Amanda Smith scooped up eight ground balls and had four caused turnovers. Kaitlin Booth takes the win in goal after getting 13 stops.

The Royals are back in action on Tuesday against Belmont Abbey at the Queens Sports Complex at 6:00 pm. Queens won the first game between the two 10-7.


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