MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Getting four goals apiece by Liz Melesh (Annapolis, MD), Rachel Hebberd (Golden, CO) and Shannon Bonnel (Mechanicsville, MD), host Pfeiffer University was able to score a 15-13 win over 12th-ranked Gannon University in women’s lacrosse action on Thursday afternoon. The win pushes the Lady Falcons to 2-1 overall while the Golden Knights suffer their first loss dropping to 1-1.
Bonnel, along with reigning player of the week Natalie Marvin (South Berwick, ME), put Pfeiffer up 2-0 early on while Kimberly Neagle (Auburn, NY) would get Gannon on the board at the 26:03 mark. After Hebberd and Jess Fugate (Wooster, OH) traded their first goals of the day, Bonnel and Fugate again would later do the same for a 4-3 contest with 16:03 to play in the first half.
Melesh would then strike on back-to-back shots to give the Lady Falcons a little breathing room up 6-3, but three of the four final goals in the opening period belong to Gannon, two by Neagle, for a 7-6 Pfeiffer lead at the break.
Bonnel and Hebberd would score back-to-back starting the second half scoring while Stevie Lombardoni (Mexico, NY) put home her lone goal of the day for a 9-7 game. Pfeiffer would reel off the next three-straight thanks to Bonnel, Hebberd and Sarah Daly (New Market, MD) before Fugate and Caitlyn Fisher (Cypress, TX) swung a little momentum back to the Golden Knights trailing now by just three.
After Melesh hit again just past the halfway point of the second, Fisher, Neagle and Fugate would combine for three-straight Gannon goals to bring the visitors to within one at 13-12 with 11:52 to play. Melesh would then net the eventually game-winner, followed by insurance from Hebberd, before Gannon’s Rachel DerCola (Rochester, NY) closed out scoring with 2:11 remaining.
Katherine Athens (Huntingtown, MD) would post a game-high five groundballs for the Lady Falcons while Britton Muir (Woodsboro, MD) caused two turnovers. Jamie Alcala (Fredericksburg, VA) would stop 12 Golden Knights shots to pick up the win in goal. Gannon was led by Fugate and Neagle’s four goals while Fugate picked up a team-high four groundballs. Sarah Grzybinski (New Market, MD) led with a game-high seven draw controls as Gannon took 17 of the 30 draw controls in the match.
Pfeiffer will move on to host Grand Valley State on Saturday afternoon at N.E. Lefko Field. The first draw will take place at 12:00 p.m. with live stats being available at http://www.gofalconsports.com.