MISEHEIMER, N.C. – Kayla Rodriguez, Brae Buster and Kaitlin Sampson were named to the NSCAA All-Region Third Team. The trio helped guide the Falcons to a 2013 Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Rodriguez had a stellar junior season and was named the Conference Carolinas Tournament MVP as well as earning a spot on the First Team All-Conference. Rodriguez led the team with eight assists, and was second on the squad with six goals and 20 points. Rodriguez most impressive feat on the season came on Oct. 9 as she recorded a hat trick against Chowan in the first 9:44 of play.
Buster earned the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year award. She scored five of her eight goals on the year in Conference Carolinas play and finished the regular season in the top 10 in goals, points, shots and game-winning goals. Her best performance came against Limestone on September 25, when she accounted for each of Pfeiffer’s two goals, including the winner with 33 seconds left in double overtime to secure the win. She also scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 win at Converse and had a three-game stretch in conference play where she scored four goals. Her offense helped the Falcons finish the year as the second highest scoring team in Conference Carolinas play. Buster’s strong season earned her a spot on the All-Conference Second Team.
Sampson led the Falcons defensive unit and her veteran leadership as a junior was a key to Pfeiffer’s success. She always was in the right spot defensively and her physical play stopped opposing offenses consistently. She was also valuable on the offensive end, scoring three goals and recording six points on the season. Sampson scored against Chowan, Brevard and Erskine on the season and was also named to the All-Conference First Team.
The Falcons finished the season with a 13-7-1 record and a 6-3 mark in conference play. They defeated Converse and King to reach the conference championship, where they took on the host, Belmont Abbey. The game was decided in penalty kicks and Buster’s strike clinched a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The double-digit win total on the year was the eighth time in the last nine seasons that Pfeiffer had reached that mark.