Kassab Scores Nine Goals as #6 Pfeiffer Dethrones Queens

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Pfeiffer's Ashleigh Kassab registered a game-high nine goals to tie a school-record and lead the sixth-ranked Falcons to a 17-9 victory over Queens in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday afternoon.

The win sends the Lady Falcons to 13-1 overall, 5-1 in league play securing the league's #2 seed in next weekend's conference tournament. The Royals drop to 8-9, 5-2 with Saturday's defeat.

Kassab would start the day's scoring just 49 seconds into Saturday before the Royals took a 2-1 lead on back-to-back tallies from Jena Ready (Charlotte, NC) and Brittany Barnwell (Lorton, VA). After Kassab hit again to tie the contest at two 34 seconds after Barnwell, Queens would re-take the lead on a Nicole Forgione (Davidson, NC) unassisted goal at the 24:35 mark of the first.

Pfeiffer would go on to score the next eight-straight goals to bust out to a 10-3 lead. Shannon Bonnel (Mechanicsville, MD) would start the run after a Katherine Athens (Huntingtown, MD) assist while Sarah Daly proceeded with back-to-back assists on back-to-back Kassab goals. Bonnel struck for two more tallies to make it 7-3 until Carly Garrison (Orlando, FL) made it 8-3 halfway through the first. Daly and Kassab finished off the 8-0 run while Kassab sandwiched her final first half goal in-between the Royals' Maggie Masters (Annapolis, MD) and Forgione hitting to end the half.

Queens got off to a quick start in the second as Ready and Masters each hit again to make it an 11-7 game 4:11 into the final half. The Lady Falcons would respond right back with three-straight goals as two more Kassab goals halted the run while Daly extended the advantage back to seven at the 17:35 mark of the second.

Kassab put home her ninth and school-record tying goal with 10:22 to play on an assist from Kristina Anderson (Gaithersburg, MD). Ready would hit on the final two goals of the day for Queens while Courtney Luther (Frederick, MD) and Garrison did the same for Pfeiffer.

Behind Kassab's nine goals, Daly would finish the day with four assists while Andrea Archila (Olney, MD) picked up six groundballs. Britton Muir (Woodsboro, MD) scored a game-high six caused turnovers while Athens controlled seven draws.

Pfeiffer will look towards the 2012-2013 regular season finale on Wednesday hosting Lenoir-Rhyne at 4:00 p.m.

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MISENHEIMER, N.C. Queens (8-9) traveled to face No. 6 Pfeiffer (13-1) in their final regular season game of the year, falling 17-9 to the Falcons. The Royals head into the conference tournament as the number three seed at 5-2, while Pfeiffer holds the number two spot at 5-1.

Sophomore attacker Jena Ready led the Royals with four goals, while Maggie Masters and Nicole Forgione notched two apiece. Masters also tallied one assist. Danielle Horoschak and Jordan Borrosh each spent time in the net recording a combined total of eight saves.

After jumping out to a 3-2 lead over the Falcons, Queens found themselves in a hole down 10-3 with 12:01 to play in the first; following a Pfeiffer 8-0 run. The Royals would head into the break trailing the home team, 11-5.

Queens notched two goals five minutes into the second half closing the gap to four, but the Falcons would respond with a four-point push, extending their lead back out to 8, 15-7, with 10:22 to play. They would go on to win by eight goals as each team scored twice more before the final horn.

Ashleigh Kassab led the Falcons with nine goals, while Shannon Bonnel record three goals and one assist. Sarah Daly collected six points on two goals and four assists. Carly Garrison added two goals and two assists.

Queens will host the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. They are waiting to find out who their opponent will be.

2013-04-13



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