Five Have Hat Tricks as Falcons Blank Bobcats in Opener

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Pfeiffer kicked off the 2013 men's lacrosse season in style with five players recording hat tricks during a 24-0 rout of Lees-McRae on Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday marked the first regular season and Conference Carolinas match for both teams.

Pfeiffer fired off 64 shots on the day with 44 of those being on goal. Special teams accounted for four man-up and two man-down goals among the two dozen. Steven Tilmon (Orlando, FL), Jordan Michele (Rochester, NY), Cole Sheen (Edmonton, Alberta), Elliot Gilbert (Corning, NY) and Derek Thomas (Georgetown, OH) each found the back of the net three times in the win.

Pfeiffer forced 37 Bobcats turnovers and scooped up 55 groundballs as a team. In net, Hayden Kirk (Farmingdale, NY) made five saves in 48 minutes of action, while Joe Capstaff (Leonardtown, MD) turned away one shot in relief. Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, FL) made 17 saves for Lees-McRae.

The Falcons get back to action next Saturday traveling to Lenoir-Rhyne University. The first face-off with the Bears is slated for 2:00 p.m.

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MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- Pfeiffer University outscored Lees-McRae College by a 13-0 margin in the second half en route to a 24-0 win in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday afternoon.

Pfeiffer (1-0, 1-0 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (0-1, 0-1 CC) by a 64-15 margin, including a 40-6 advantage in the first half, while forcing 37 Bobcat turnovers. Lees-McRae won 17 of 28 face-offs in the contest, as the Falcons recorded 55 ground balls and converted 19 of 23 clearing attempts.

Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) paced the Bobcats with 17 saves between the pipes, as Nick Topichak (Weedsport, N.Y.) added a trio of stops. Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) and Schuylor Dickerson (Crozet, Va.) chipped in four shots each, while Ryan Sparks (Hilton Head, S.C.) and Justin McLaughlin (Charlotte, N.C.) both scooped up a team-high four ground balls.

Robert Hope led the way for Pfeiffer with a game-high seven points, including a contest-best five assists, as Jordan Michele, Elliot Gilbert, Cole Sheen, Steven Tilmon, and Derek Thomas each posted a hat trick. Hope and James Shepherd both added two goals, while Spencer Allen chipped in a trio of assists. Hayden Kirk and Joe Capstaff combined for the shutout between the pipes for Pfeiffer, tallying five and one saves, respectively.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Mars Hill, N.C. to take on Mars Hill College in non-conference play at 2:00 p.m.


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