Belmont Abbey Falls to No. 8 Pfeiffer

Belmont Abbey senior midfielder Dan Morrissey tied for the game-high with four goals, but the ninth-ranked Pfeiffer Falcons scored four straight to start the third period to break a 4-4 stalemate and defeat the Crusaders 12-8 this afternoon at Alumni Field. The Falcons move to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey slips to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in Conference Carolinas.

The two teams were tied at four at the half as the Crusaders closed the first quarter by scoring three unanswered goals after going down 2-0 to start the game. The Falcons responded by scoring two of the three second quarter goals, the last coming from Kory Lutes with one second left, to knot the game at four.

Pfeiffer continued its momentum to start the second half, scoring four-straight out of the gate to build an 8-4 lead. The Crusaders fired right back by scoring the last goal of the third and the first strike of the fourth to close the lead to 8-6. The two teams then exchanged goals, as Morrissey's fourth and final goal at the 8:09 mark of the fourth dropped the Pfeiffer lead to 9-7.

The Falcons, however, scored three of the last four goals, including the final two, to seal the 12-8 victory.

Morrissey scored four goals on five shots, while Connor Sellars and Daniel Marshall both netted two each. Connor Doyle, Joey McGinley and Scotty Steele all had one assist.

Lutes led the Falcons with four goals, while Elliott Gilbert totaled three. Steven Tilmon scored twice and Robert Hope, Spencer Allen and Matt Michaeli each had one. Pfeiffer outshot the Abbey 46-27 and won 17 of 22 face-offs.

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BELMONT, N.C. - Pfeiffer scored eight second half goals breaking a 4-4 tie en route to a 12-8 victory over Belmont Abbey in Conference Carolinas men's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon. The Falcons, ranked #8 in the latest USILA poll, win their sixth-straight improving to 10-1 overall, 4-0 in league play. The Crusaders see their mark drop to 7-4, 1-2 after the loss.

Robert Hope and Matt Michaeli opened up scoring for the Falcons before Belmont Abbey's Connor Sellars, Dan Morrissey and Daniel Marshall all followed to put the Crusaders up 3-2 after one. Kory Lutes would tie the contest at three with a goal 50 seconds into the second and after Morrissey hit again for the Crusaders, Lutes would net the game-tying goal with one second left in the half for a 4-4 draw at the break.

The third quarter belonged to Pfeiffer as a four-goal run started by Lutes again early in the period would give the Falcons a lead for good. Spencer Allen netted his lone goal of the day at the 7:31 mark before Elliot Gilbert tallied back-to-back strikes for an 8-4 advantage. Lutes and Gilbert would each hit for the final time in the fourth quarter while reigning player of the week Steven Tilmon tallied twice in the same frame.

Khalid Stukes would win 17 of the 22 faceoffs on Wednesday corraling five groundballs as a team high. Hayden Kirk would make nine saves in net improving his mark to 10-1 as well.

Pfeiffer returns to action after the Easter break traveling to Mount Olive for a 4:00 p.m. contest on Tuesday afternoon.

2013-03-27



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