#10 Pfeiffer Defeats Crusaders in Conference Carolinas Finale

The 10th-ranked Pfeiffer Falcons scored 10 straight goals after the Crusaders cut the lead to 4-2 early in the first half en route to a 18-5 win this afternoon at Alumni Field. Pfeiffer improves to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey dips to 8-5 and finishes conference play with a 3-3 record. Belmont Abbey concludes the regular season Tuesday when hosting Catawba at 3:00.

Pfeiffer scored the first four goals of the game but the Abbey responded with two unanswered in a span of a minute. Katy Connery put the Crusaders on the board at the 12:41 mark, followed by Jordan Hofmeister's goal exactly one minute later to cut the Falcons lead in half.

The Falcons countered by scoring the next 12 straight goals-ending the half with ten of those-to carry a 12-2 lead at the break. Pfeiffer scored the first two goals of the second half before Gina Colella interrupted the string with an unassisted marker at the 18:46 mark, which started a sequence of both teams trading goals.

After Pfeiffer's next goal, Katelin Glass scored at the 11:35 mark on a free position shot. The Falcons netted the next two, and the Crusaders scored their final goal on a Lauren DiChiara free position shot with 6:58 to play.

Pfeiffer outshot the Abbey 31-9 and held a 14-11 edge in draw controls. Belmont Abbey won the ground ball battle 30-29 as Kassie Easter led all players with seven. Connery, the national leader in ground balls, scooped up five.

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BELMONT, NC - Pfeiffer (11-2, 5-0 CC) ran its winning streak to six games with a dominating 18-5 win at Belmont Abbey (8-5, 3-3) on Tuesday afternoon. The win sets the stage for a big match-up with Limestone on Saturday with the regular season crown going to the winner.

Pfeiffer has outscored conference opponents by a combined score of 83-15 in its five game and the five goals scored by the Crusaders today was the most given up in a league game so far this year.

Sarah Daly scored a season-high four goals in the win, while teammates Kristi Korn and Ashleigh Kassab each netted three scores. The hat trick is Kassab's eighth of the season and the fourth for Korn.

Pfeiffer scored the final eight goals of the first half and had a streak of 10 straight goals as they cruised to victory.

Pfeiffer's Chalane Morrison started the scoring barrage with the game's first tally five minutes into the contest. Korn, Kristina Anderson and Gracie Herbert all scored to give Pfeiffer a 4-0 lead with 13:32 to play in the first half.

Belmont Abbey answered with two straight goals to make the score 4-2. However, Pfeiffer answered with 10 straight goals to put the game out of reach. Daly's second goal of the game with 1:32 to play in the first half gave Pfeiffer a 12-2 advantage as the game went to halftime.

Pfeiffer took 20 shots in the first 30 minutes and held the Crusaders to four attempts.

Pfeiffer would score six of the nine goals in the second half to run away with the easy win.

For the game, Pfeiffer outshot the hosts 31-9 and forced 25 turnovers. Britton Muir dominated the defensive end of the field, finishing with six caused turnovers and five ground balls.

Katherine Athens recorded six draw controls and two ground balls, while Ashley West caused three turnovers and had three ground balls.

Sophomore Cassidy Wilson earned the win in net despite being largely untested. Wilson made one save and played the first 30 minutes before giving way to Rachel McCarthy.

Pfeiffer assisted on 10 of its 18 goals in the game and converted on three free position shots.

The Saints come to town on Saturday at noon in a winner-take-all match-up. Whoever takes home the victory will win the Conference Carolinas regular season title and host the Conference tournament. Pfeiffer is assured at least the No. 2 seed in the tournament with today's win. Saturday's contest will also serve as the Falcons Senior Day.

2014-04-09



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