Crusaders Rally in Second Half But Fall to Pfeiffer in OT

Belmont Abbey turned the tables on Pfeiffer, as the Crusaders trailed 7-3 at the half but outscored the Falcons 7-3 in the second half, with Elyse Mohn's goal with three seconds left forcing overtime. But Pfeiffer's Kristi Korn scored the only goal in the extra six minutes, and the Falcons earned an 11-10 win this afternoon at Alumni Field.

The victory evens Pfeiffer's record to 5-5, and it remains unbeaten in Conference Carolinas play at 2-0, while the Abbey drops to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Pfeiffer led 7-3 at the half as it scored seven goals on 12 shots. The only Abbey lead of the first half came at the 21:11 mark as Megan Patton fed Rebecca Diggs for the goal. The Falcons scored the next four goals to move out to a 4-2 advantage, but Diggs cut it to one off of a feed from Lindsay Connolly at the 14:25 mark. Pfeiffer countered by scoring the last three goals of the half, punctuated by a Liz Melesh goal with two seconds left to give the Falcons a 7-3 lead. Both teams had 12 shots in the first half.

The Abbey opened the second half on fire, scoring the first three goals, coming from Patton, Connolly and Laura Dowd, in the first 4:08 to trim the lead to one. After a goal by Shannon Bonnel halted the Abbey streak, the Crusaders fired right back with goals from Patton and Diggs, which knotted the contest at eight with 12:07 to go.

Pfeiffer responded with two straight goals, coming from Bonnel and a free position goal from Britton Muir with 6:51 to go to give Pfeiffer a two-goal edge, but the Crusaders fired right back. Dowd's tally, off of a pass from Connolly with 4:33 left closed the lead to 10-9.

With under a minute left, Pfeiffer cleared its zone and entered the Abbey third, but Gina Colellla caused a turnover with 13 seconds left, and Meghan McSherry picked up the ensuing ground ball. Head Coach Jenn Flaherty immediately called a timeout with 13 seconds left.

After the timeout, Mohn sprinted the length of the field, and scored the tying goal with three seconds left to force overtime, sparking a wild celebration on the Abbey bench and by the Abbey's men's lacrosse team, which finished practice just in time to see the goal.

In the first extra period, which lasted three minutes, Pfeiffer won the draw control and set up its offense, and Korn scored the game-winner with 2:10 to go. The Falcons won the next draw control, and Bonnel's shot with 1:35 left was stopped by Tory Morgan, but Pfeiffer secured the ground ball. After an Abbey foul, Morgan kept the game at one goal with another save, but again Pfeiffer won the ground ball, but it immediately turned it over as Colella caused another turnover, but the Abbey turned it right back over to Pfeiffer. An offensive foul by Pfeiffer closed the period.

In the final three minute period Mohn won the opening draw. 35 seconds later, Emily Hudgins fired a shot that was saved by Rachel McCarthy. After clearing the zone, Morgan stopped a shot by Korn with 1:15 left, but a Crusader turnover on the clear attempt gave Pfeiffer the ball, and it ran out the clock.

Diggs led the Abbey with three goals on three shots. Patton, Mohn and Dowd all had two goals and Connolly totaled one and a game-high three assists. Mohn and Patton had one assist. Defensively the Crusaders caused 13 turnovers as Colella and McSherry both finished with four. Connolly totaled a pair. Both teams won 12 draw controls as Mohn won five and Dowd had three. Katy Connery and Molly Schaefer won a pair.

Bonnel led all scorers with four goals while Korn and Melesh totaled three. Muir had one.

In the final totals the Abbey outshot Pfeiffer 30-26 and won the ground ball battle 35-29. Pfeiffer was 4-8 on free position shots to the Abbey's 1-5. McCarthy stopped 15 shots and Morgan registered eight saves.

2012-03-22



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