BELMONT, NC - Jessica Kennedy scored seven times as Pfeiffer University defeated Belmont Abbey 16-13 this afternoon in Conference Carolinas women's lacrosse action at Alumni Field. The Falcons remain unbeaten at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in league, while the Abbey moves to 1-2 overall and 1-1.
Laurie Jordan led the Abbey with four goals, while Susan Kileavey and Emily Hudgins both had three. Amanda Jones had two and Laura Dowd added the other. Lindsay Connolly had three assists and Brianna Dignan had the other.
Jessica Kennedy led the Falcons with seven goals on ten shots, while Heidi Karaszkiewicz and Shannon Bonnel both had two each. Tori Binder, Alex Cook, Allie Gamble, Sarah Hebberd and Jessica Moulton all added one each. Binder had three assists, while Cook, Gamble, Karaszkiewicz and Jessica Kennedy all had one. Pfeiffer outshot the Abbey 32-23 and held advantages in ground balls (27-22) and draw control wins (16-15).
Pfeiffer goalkeeper Caitlin Ryan made six saves to go along with a game-high nine ground balls, while Natalie Crenshaw made ten saves and scooped up three ground balls.
The Abbey led 8-5 with 9:29 to go in the first but the Falcons scored the final four goals of the half to claim a lead it would never lose. The Crusaders would close the lead to 11-10 on a free position goal by Kileavy with 24:42 left, and again at 13-12 with 15:03 left on a Jones goal, but Pfeiffer scored three unanswered goals in a four minute span to pull away.
The Lady Falcons return home on Saturday for the start of four-straight home games. Pfeiffer will entertain West Chester beginning at 3:30 p.m.