Pfeiffer Cruises Past Lees-McRae in CC Action

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Pfeiffer's James Shepherd (St. John, NB) tied a career-high with seven goals during a 19-1 romp over Lees-McRae in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons move to 10-3 overall winning their sixth-straight, 4-0 in league play, while the Bobcats dip to 1-9, 0-4.

Justin Rose (Rochester, NY) and Shepherd got the day's scoring underway early in the first quarter as Shepherd would have himself a hat trick by the end of the first 15 minutes.

Shepherd would add two more in the second along with Rose. Tucker Hammock (Marietta, GA) would have three goals along with Rose at the end of the second.

Pfeiffer continued their onslaught with eight more strikes in the second half led by Shepherd's final two of the day with Rose and Hammock later tallying man-up goals. Cole Paciejewski (Prince George, BC) finished the day with a pair of strikes in the fourth quarter.

Both teams combined for 23 penalties covering 20:30 of action on the day.

Pfeiffer gets back to action next Saturday traveling to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with a showdown against the nation's top team Mercyhurst.

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MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- Pfeiffer outscored Lees-McRae by an 11-1 margin in the first half en route to a 19-1 victory in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon.

Pfeiffer (10-3, 4-0 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (1-9, 0-4 CC) by a 53-21 margin, including a 32-9 advantage in the first half, while winning the battle in ground balls by a stretch of 40-28. The Falcons won 15 of 24 face-offs while converting 16 of 22 clear attempts.

Brett Yusiewicz (Chapel Hill, N.C.) found the back of the net for the 12th time this season, as Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) tallied his seventh assist of the campaign. Jarrod Brady (Kernersville, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with four ground balls, as Ryan Sparks (Hilton Head, S.C.) and Derin Vacca (Wake Forest, N.C.) won five and four face-offs, respectively. Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) made 11 saves for the Bobcats.

James Shepherd scored a game-high seven goals to lead the way for Pfeiffer, as Tucker Hammock added three goals and five assists. Justin Rose chipped in four goals, as Cole Paciejewski added a pair of strikes and Elliot Gilbert posted two assists. Rose and Tommy Melching each recorded a game-high five ground balls, as Melching won 15 of 22 face-offs. TJ Connors and Michael Markland combined for 12 saves between the pipes for Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer got off to a strong start, taking a 6-0 lead into the second period and adding four strikes to open a 10-0 advantage before the Bobcats got on the board at the 3:49 mark, when Yusiewicz found the back of the net off an assist by Ives.

After the Falcons closed out the period with a late goal to stretch the lead to 11-1, Pfeiffer tallied six goals in the third to push the margin to 17-1. Pfeiffer then scored a pair of goals in the fourth to cap the day's scoring.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday, April 7 when the Bobcats host Queens University of Charlotte in their regular-season finale. The Bobcats will celebrate senior day prior to the opening face-off slated for 2:00 p.m.


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