Pfeiffer Wins Battle over Dominican (CA)

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - In a battle of nationally-ranked teams on Tuesday, No. 13 Dominican (CA) was looking for a signature win versus No. 11 Pfeiffer. Instead, the Penguins were forced to play from behind in an eventual 21-13 loss to the Falcons.

Dominican (2-1) found itself in an early 4-0 hole until Jake Bernstein netted an unassisted goal at the very end of the first quarter. The Penguins netted four goals in the second quarter but Pfeiffer was there with an answer every time, scoring five goals in that span to take a 9-5 lead halfway through.

After the Falcons began the second half with three consecutive goals, Dominican scored four straight. Both teams scored five goals each in the third quarter, which meant Dominican still trailed by four. Pfeiffer opened the fourth quarter the same way, scoring the first three goals of the quarter. While Dominican answered those goals, Pfeiffer finished the game on a 4-0 run to put the game out of reach.

The Penguins drew plenty of penalties, forcing the Falcons to the penalty box 10 times for a total of 7:30. Dominican, having led NCAA Division II the past two seasons in man-up opportunities, didn't capitalize on Tuesday and went just one of ten in man-up opportunities.

"We had a great opportunity today, but we simply didn't execute as well as well as they did," said Dominican Head Coach Ned Webster. "We went down fighting. We showed tons of heart, and that's a good sign of things to come."

Middie Kevin Powers led the Penguins' efforts with four goals on six shots. He also scooped up four groundballs.

Jake Bernstein tallied three goals on five shots with two assists and Dalton Copeland also added a hat trick. Cody Bernstein scored twice on three shots and Grant Clifford had one goal. Jack Beall dished out a pair of assists.

The Penguins also received strong faceoff work from Dylan Acevedo. The 2013 Capital One Academic All-District First Team selection won 16 of his 26 faceoffs.

Ten different Falcons scored, led by Tucker Hammock's seven goals. The attackman was efficient with a dozen shots and had an assist and a pair of groundballs to his name.

Hayden Kirk (4-1) made 12 saves in 59 minutes of work for the Falcons. Sean Donohue (2-1) took the loss for the Penguins, snapping his program-best eight-game win streak as a starter.

"As painful as today is, like every other loss in previous years, we will learn from this one and it'll only make us stronger," added Webster.

The Penguins will have an opportunity to bounce back quickly when they take on Coker College on Thursday, March 13. Faceoff for the third game of the four-game road trip is slated for 12:00 p.m. in Hartsville, N.C.


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