LOCK HAVEN, PA. – In their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, the No. 3 seed Pfeiffer women’s lacrosse team (13-5) was defeated by No. 2 seed Lock Haven (18-2) by a final score of 17-6 in NCAA Quarterfinal action. The win extends the Lady Eagles’ winning streak to 16 games as they advance to the National Semifinal next Saturday.
Jessica Pandolf scored six goals in the game, giving her 76 for the season. Sarah Daly recorded a hat trick for the Falcons and Katherine Athens added two goals, two assists, seven draw controls, four ground balls and a caused turnover.
Lock Haven held a 38-17 advantage in shots and a 25-13 lead in ground balls.
The Lady Eagles, who entered the game ranked fifth in the nation, took control of the contest early and never looked back. Lock Haven scored three goals in the first 4:02 of the contest before Daly netted her 27th score of the season to cut the lead to 3-1. The Lady Eagles would score the next seven straight goals in the first half to take command of the game. Chelsea Borrino scored twice in a 1:14 span and four different players scored two goals in the first half as Lock Haven went into the break with a 10-1 advantage.
The Falcons scored the first two goals of the second half as Athens and Daly converted to cut the deficit to 10-3. Lock Haven answered with three straight scores to push the lead to double figures. Kristi Korn scored with 13:08 to play but the Lady Eagles again answered with three consecutive goals. Athens scored on an assist from Korn at the 4:46 mark and Daly recorded the hat trick with her third and final goal with five seconds left in the contest.
With the win, Lock Haven advances to the National Semifinal in Salem, VA next Saturday. The Lady Eagles will take on the No. 4 seeded Lindenwood Lady Lions who upset the No. 1 seed Limestone by a final score of 14-8.
Today’s loss marked the end of three successful careers. Seniors Katherine Athens, Kristina Anderson and Daly saw their collegiate career come to an end. Athens graduates as Pfeiffer’s all-time leader in ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls and is the NCAA Division II leader in caused turnovers with 53 for the season.