No. 9 Pfeiffer Drops Heartbreaker to No. 3 Limestone

MISENHEIMER, NC - The No. 9 Pfeiffer lacrosse team (11-3, 5-1 CC) dropped a heartbreaker at home to No. 3 Limestone (13-0, 5-0) by a final score of 12-10 on Saturday afternoon. The Saints scored the game's final seven goals in the second half to clinch the Conference Carolinas regular season title and the Conference Tournament will now be held in Gaffney, SC in two weeks.

Pfeiffer was in control for much of the contest and held the lead for 39:08 in the game before the Saints rallied to steal the victory.

Limestone struck first in the contest at the 26:08 mark. Junior Kristi Korn scored back-to-back goals less than two minutes apart to give Pfeiffer its first lead of the game at 2-1. Six minutes later, Sarah Oor matched Korn's two goals with her second score to even the contest. Oor would then set up Katie Farrell with 16 minutes to play to give the Saints a 3-2 advantage.

Pfeiffer answered with three straight goals to reclaim the lead. Chalane Morrison scored at the 13:03 mark on a free position shot and then assisted on Sarah Daly's score 1:05 later. Ashleigh Kassab took a pass from Gracie Herbert with 9:10 to play in the first half and gave the Falcons a 5-3 lead. Limestone tied the game with consecutive goals but Kassab answered with 28 seconds to play in the first half, sending Pfeiffer into the break with a one goal lead.

Mackenzie Rolland's goal with 15:07 was the Falcons fourth unanswered goal in the second half and built the lead to 10-5. Korn converted twice in that stretch and Kristina Anderson added a score as Pfeiffer looked to be in control.

However, the Saints would respond in a big way. In the final 14:48, Limestone scored seven straight goals to cap the come-from-behind victory. Farrell scored three times in that stretch and added an assist, while Oor scored two goals. Farrell netted the evener on the man advantage with 6:38 to go in the contest and Jaylen Schulte scored the winner with 3:54 to play.

At the 20:02 mark of the second half, Pfeiffer's Katherine Athens grabbed her 214th career ground ball, which ties her for first in Pfeiffer history. Athens, along with teammates Sarah Daly and Kristina Anderson, were honored prior to the game as a part of Pfeiffer's senior day. Athens and the Falcons have one more home game on the season, Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. against Dowling, as she looks to break the school record on her home turf.

For the game, Korn finished with four goals and five ground balls while Kassab had two goals and two assists. Kassab added five draw controls and Katherine Athens chipped in four draw controls and four caused turnovers.

For Limestone, Farrell scored five times and Oor finished with four goals and two assists. Sydney Teeter made six saves in goal to improve to 13-0 on the season.

Pfeiffer held a 24-22 advantage in shots and a 29-27 lead in ground balls. However, Limestone's pressure defense forced 24 Falcon turnovers on the afternoon.

Pfeiffer will look to knock the Saints off during the Conference Tournament which takes place on April 25-26. Pfeiffer has locked up the No. 2 seed in the tournament and can meet up with the Saints in the championship game.

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GAFFNEY, S.C. - Trailing by five with 15:07 to play, No. 3 Limestone (13-0, 5-0 CC) scored seven straight goals to down No. 10 Pfeiffer (11-3, 5-1) to claim at least a share of the 2014 Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship in an NCAA Division II women's lacrosse game on Saturday, April 12.

It is the Saints 10th consecutive title and they can clinch it outright with a win tomorrow against Converse. With the win, Limestone will now host the 2014 Conference Carolinas Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.

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