Tyler Waddell – Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The No. 4-seeded Pfeiffer University women's lacrosse team (9-7) fell to No. 5 seed North Greenville (10-8) by a final score of 11-8 in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas tournament on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss, the Falcons have concluded their 2017 season.
Four players led Pfeiffer with two goals each: Airea Williams, Ally Unkenholz, Meagan Bourque, and Josie Lent. Lent finished with a team-high five ground balls, as she and Startraya Galloway both forced a game-high six turnovers. Molly O'Friel, who ends her junior campaign with the second-most goals in a single season in Pfeiffer history (58), saw her 21-game scoring streak come to an end.
Pfeiffer took an early 2-0 lead after consecutive goals from Bourque and Unkenholz within the first three minutes of action. North Greenville responded with two quick goals courtesy of Rachel Kellogg and Madison Boudreau at 26:20 and then 25:32, and it appeared as if the two teams would preparing for a potential shootout.
However, a dry spell of over 13 minutes took over, and it wasn't until the Crusaders snuck one past Emily James at the 5:22 mark that either side cracked the scoreboard. NGU scored two more times before Lent push an unassisted goal in the closing minute as the Falcons trailed 5-3 at halfime.
The Falcons were hot out the gate and exploded for a 5-1 scoring run thanks to multiple goals from Williams and contributions from three others, giving them an 8-6 advantage – and the momentum – with just over 15 minutes to play. But that streak was short-lived, as North Greenville's defense tightened and controlled the outcome, shutting out PFU the rest of the way.
Goals from Kellogg, Emily Colson (UP), Jillian Cheisa, and Hannah Hawkins gave the Crusaders a 5-0 scoring run to close out the game with the 11-8 win and the opportunity to move on to the semifinals.
Pfeiffer finished with more ground balls (19), saves (9), and caused turnovers (26), but was just 16-for-28 (57.1 percent) in clears and was outshot 24-21. NGU also won the draw control battle, 15-6.