Pfeiffer (0-0) at Greensboro (0-1)
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Live stats: http://sidearmstats.com/greensboro/wlax/
The Pfeiffer women's lacrosse team opens up its 2018 season with a matchup against USA South opponent Greensboro at noon on Saturday. The Falcons embark on a new era as the program transitions to NCAA Division III.
First-year Head Coach Jenn Flaherty beings her Pfeiffer coaching career against a Greensboro squad that opened their season with an 18-7 loss at home against Virginia Wesleyan on Friday.
Flaherty inherits a roster led by senior Molly O'Friel who has become one of the most lethal goal-scorers in program history. O'Friel enters her final season with 88 career goals and can shoot up the record books with another strong season. As a junior, O'Friel scored 58 goals which is second all-time in single-season history and added a career-high 18 assists. O'Friel also led the team with 55 ground balls and 77 draw controls.
Another senior, Josie Lent, is primed for a strong bookend to her Falcon career starting Saturday. Lent's 81 career caused turnovers placed her fourth in program history, just 14 shy of second place. Lent is also in the top-10 in career draw controls with 87 and can finish in the top-10 in ground balls with a strong year.
Meagan Bourque was named Second Team All-Conference as a freshman and is ready to take on a bigger role as a sophomore. In her rookie campaign, Bourque tallied 37 goals and 17 goals and had five goals on three different occasions.
The Pfeiffer offense will also see the return of Kylie Lode who was limited to just six games a season ago due to a knee injury.
Paige Bonds will anchor the defensive unit once again. Bonds has started 34 games over the past two seasons and has caused 22 turnovers and scooped up 37 ground balls in that time. Bonds, along with Nicole Cote (32 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers in '17) will help cause havoc for opposing offenses.
In goal, the Falcons will rely on second-year goalie Sam Hanlon along with senior Emily James. The duo accounted for all 961 minutes in goal a season ago and helped the Falcons to a 9-7 record with James earning Second Team All-Conference honors.
Following the Greensboro game, Pfeiffer's home opener will be against Meredith next Saturday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
All Pfeiffer home games will be streamed live on the Pfeiffer Athletics YouTube page, weather dependent.