O'Friel's Record-Breaking Performance Sends Pfeiffer Past Methodist

O'Friel's Record-Breaking Performance Sends Pfeiffer Past Methodist

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – It was another record-breaking afternoon for senior Molly O'Friel who led Pfeiffer (10-1) to their ninth straight win in a 19-7 victory over Methodist (5-7) on Tuesday afternoon. O'Friel shattered her own record for most goals in a game as the senior found the back of the net 12 times to send the Falcons to their 10th win of the year.

O'Friel originally broke the record with a 10-goal performance on March 14 in Pfeiffer's 24-3 victory over Salem. However, today O'Friel outdid herself with a dozen scores, including eight in the first half alone.

Methodist scored the opener before Josie Lent drew the Falcons even at one with 26:45 remaining. O'Friel would go on to score three straight goals in 3:24 to put the Falcons up 4-1. With 14:09 to play, O'Friel added her fourth goal of the half and then scored four more times in the final 11:20 of playing including once with six seconds left on the clock to send Pfeiffer into the break with an 11-4 lead.

The Chesapeake Beach, MD native scored twice more in a 4:38 span early in the second half to tie the record with 10 goals. Her score with 3:56 to play broke the record and she made it an even dozen with the game's final goal.

On top of the 12 goals, O'Friel added six ground balls, eight draw controls and three caused turnovers. Despite playing defense and not scoring a single goal as a freshman, O'Friel sits in second place all-time with 154 career goals and third with 203 career points. She also now owns the record for most goals in a single season with 78, breaking the mark of Lyndsey Boswell who scored 63 in 2002.

Meagan Bourque added four goals and three assists for Pfeiffer and Lent added a hat trick to go with her one assist. Lent also caused seven turnovers and had a game-high eight ground balls. Lent's 111 career caused turnovers places her second in program history behind former All-American Katherine Athens.

Pfeiffer held a 41-20 advantage in shots and a 31-19 lead in ground balls.

The Falcons wrap up their 2017 regular season on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. against Averett. Prior to the game, the Falcons will honor their seniors.