MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- In a game that saw 44 goal scored in 60 minutes of action, the Pfeiffer men's lacrosse team (1-1) dropped its home opener to Southern Virginia (2-0) by a final score of 24-20 on a wet and rainy Saturday afternoon at N.E. Lefko Field. Blade Garlow scored a game-high and career-high nine goals and Jared Nelson dished out eight assists for the Falcons who came up just short in the end.
The first quarter saw the visitors catch fire, scoring 10 times and taking a 10-3 advantage.
Garlow scored three consecutive goals midway through the second quarter and Pfeiffer would cut the deficit to 14-8 heading into halftime.
However, Pfeiffer wasn't able to slow the offensive attack of the Knights in the third quarter as Southern Virginia poured in nine more goals to take a 23-15 advantage. The Falcons didn't give in and clawed back in the fourth quarter with four unanswered goals but SVU's Isaac DeGarlais scored with 3:08 remaining to push the advantage to 24-19 and end the Falcons comeback bid.
The Knights dominated faceoffs this afternoon, winning 38-of-48, including all 14 in the first quarter.
The teams combined for 105 shots on the day with SVU taking 64 and Pfeiffer shooting 41 times. The Knights held a 57-23 edge in ground balls.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Savannah, GA to take on Neumann. The game starts at 2 p.m.