Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BELMONT, NC – The Pfeiffer women’s lacrosse team (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 matchup 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 matchup. 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.