Paulus Nets Six as No. 13 Royals Knock off No. 11 Pfeiffer

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Despite a solid offensive effort and a first-half hat trick from junior Kristi Korn, the No. 11 Pfeiffer lacrosse team fell to cross-town rival No. 13 Queens on Tuesday, 13-10. The loss is Pfeiffer's first of the fledgling season, dropping their record to 2-1. With the win, Queens improves to 3-1.

Korn finished with a team-high four goals, her third coming with just 18 seconds left in the first half of competition. Also with a notable offensive performance for the Falcons was reigning Conference Carolinas women's lacrosse player of the week, junior Ashleigh Kassab. Kassab added two tallies in the contest giving her ten total for the season and boosting her average to over three per game. Also contributing two goals in the match for Pfeiffer was freshman Stephanie Athens.

The Falcons found themselves in a hole early as the visitors picked up two goals in the first five and a half minutes of play. Pfeiffer was determined to defend their home turf and quickly answered with two goals of their own. Korn picked up her first score of the afternoon less than a minute after Queens' second tally. Almost 30 seconds after Korn's goal, Kassab picked up her first of the day when she found herself wide open in front of the Queens net.

The Lions' Abigail Paulus seemed too much to handle for Pfeiffer however, and 20 seconds after the Falcons' equalizing goal, Paulus notched her third which started a flurry of goals from the visitors. Pfeiffer battled back and ended the first half only down by two to the visiting team. The second half would prove to be extremely close with Queens leading the second frame scoring 6-5 and ultimately ruining the home team's comeback hopes. Paulus led all players with six goals on the afternoon.

Pfeiffer returns to action on March 1st when they take on Regis in their second game of a three game home stand. Game time is set for noon.

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MISENHEIMER, N.C. Queens, currently ranked 13th in the nation, traveled to take on No. 11 Pfeiffer, defeating the Falcons 13-10 and improving their record to 3-1. The Falcons fall to 2-1 after taking their first loss of the season.

Freshman attacker Abigail Paulus continued her stellar play this season scoring six goals to lead Queens' offense. Junior attacker Jena Ready added four goals, while sophomore attacker Maggie Masters notched six points on two goals and three assists.

Masters also led the Royals in draw controls possessing six of Queens' 17. Senior midfielder Brittany Barnwell totaled four draw controls and two caused turnovers.

Paulus scored the first two goals of the opening half 5:27 into play. However, the Falcons would tie the game up at 4-4 2:30 later with back-to-back scores. Queens would answer with another goal from Paulus at 22:34 that sparked a 5-0 run for the Royals.

By 10:18 in the first, Paulus had scored four of Queens' seven goals as they held a 7-2 lead. Neither team would find the back of the net until the 3:45 mark when Pfeiffer's Kristi Korn netted her second goal of the day. They would go on to score two more before halftime making the score 7-5 at the break.

The two teams traded goals at the start of the second half before the Royals put together a 4-0 run not even 10 minutes into the period. Pfeiffer finally put one in the net at 19:42 and followed with another within 30 seconds making the score 12-8 with 19:15 to play.

The Royals final goal of the day would come from Masters with 15:33 to play. Queens then held the Falcons scoreless for over seven minutes. Chalane Morrison of Pfeiffer would score a goal at 8:13, but the Royals responded with their defensive pressure once again making it hard for the Falcons to make a push. Their last goal came with 1:58 to play.

The Royals outshot Pfeiffer 28-23 and won the battle for draw controls, 17-8. Pfeiffer totaled 21 ground balls to Queens' 17. Danielle Horoschak took the win in goal after collecting nine saves. Pfeiffer's Cassidy Wilson took the loss totaling six saves before being replaced after 34:27 of action.

Today's win was the ninth over the Falcons in program history. Pfeiffer leads the series 12-9.

Queens will be back in action on Monday, March 3 when they host Regis University at 4:00 p.m.


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