TIGERVILLE, SC - Competing in its final Conference Carolinas Tournament, the Pfeiffer men's lacrosse team (7-9) dropped a 15-9 decision at North Greenville (9-8) on Tuesday afternoon. The Falcons entered as the No. 5 seed but saw its 2017 campaign come to a close at the hands of the No. 4 seeded Crusaders.
North Greenville opened the game with four straight goals before Jared Nelson scored with 23 seconds left in the opening quarter. NGU answered with a goal with three seconds left to take a 5-1 lead into the second quarter.
The Crusaders dominated the second frame, scoring seven unanswered goals to take a commanding 12-1 advantage heading into the break.
The Falcons wouldn't go down without a fight. Kyle Barna scored nine seconds into the second half to start a 4-0 scoring run. Alex Skidmore, Nelson and Ryan Cummings would cut the lead to 12-4 before Hunter Burgett pushed the advantage to 13-4.
In the fourth quarter, Pfeiffer scored three straight goals in a 3:20 span to cut the deficit to 15-9. However, Pfeiffer went scoreless over the final 4:08 to drop a six goal decision.
Barna finished with a pair of goals and concludes the season with 52, which is tied for the fifth highest total in program history.
Nelson's 44 helpers on the season ranks fourth all-time and his 67 points are the 10th best total in program history.
Cody Lamond tallied four ground balls and finishes his rookie campaign with a school record 127 ground balls.
Goalie Mike Moorehead ends his 2017 season with 223 saves, good for fourth in program history. His 487 career saves places him fifth in Pfeiffer history.
The loss ends the careers of six Pfeiffer seniors. Myles Dalton-Steinhart, Kevin Kerrick, Justin Oberg, Dillon Malloy and Moorehead played in their final collegiate contest.
The rest of the Falcons will join the ranks of Division III and the USA South Athletic Conference in 2018.
April 28, 2017 Barna Named Second Team All-Conference
April 19, 2017 Barna Scores Five Goals; Falcons Fall To Mount Olive
April 15, 2017 Men's Lacrosse Drops Road Contest at North Greenville
April 11, 2017 Moorehead's 18 Saves Help Lead Falcons Past Methodist
April 10, 2017 Nelson Named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
March 25, 2017 Men's Lacrosse Beats Greensboro to Extend Win Streak to Four
March 18, 2017 Lamond Breaks Ground Ball Record as Falcons Dominate Chowan
March 8, 2017 Barna and Garlow Net Hat Tricks as Falcons Top Walsh
March 6, 2017 Men's Lacrosse Falls Short Against Drew
February 25, 2017 Late Flury Pushes Men's Lacrosse Past Brevard, 9-8
February 22, 2017 Late Comeback Falls Short as Falcons Drop Non-Conference Game at Catawba
February 18, 2017 Men's Lacrosse Drops Home Opener to Mars Hill, 13-10
February 11, 2017 Men's Lacrosse Drops Season Opener at Tusculum
January 17, 2017 2017 Conference Carolinas Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll Released
December 6, 2016 Men's Lacrosse Announces 2017 Schedule