No. 9 Women's Lacrosse Overpowers Erskine to Win Fifth Straight
April 5, 2014
MISENHEIMER, NC – Kristi Korn scored four goals as Pfeiffer outscored Erskine 11-2 in the second half, en route to a 15-3 victory over the Flying Fleet. The No. 9 Falcons (10-2, 4-0 CC) out shot Erskine (6-7, 0-4) by a total of 41-16 in the one-sided affair and held a 28-13 lead in ground balls.
Kayla Bedwell finished with three goals, while Sarah Daly, Gracie Herbert and Erika Mackenzie had two apiece. Stephanie Athens had a goal and two assists on the afternoon and Cassidy Wilson improved to 4-2 in goal by making nine saves and allowing only three goals.
Pfeiffer’s pressure defense forced Erskine into 23 turnovers on the day and held the Flying Fleet to a 56.7 clear percentage (17-for-30) on the afternoon. Britton Muir was a main reason the defensive unit held up so well for Pfeiffer as she caused six turnovers and added four ground balls. Korn had a team-high five ground balls and Katherine Athens had four of her team’s 14 draw controls.
Ali Cole scored twice for the Flying Fleet and Kelly Dalziel added Erskine’s final goal of the game. On two separate occasions, Pfeiffer held Erskine scoreless for 25 minutes.
Korn jumpstarted the Pfeiffer attack, scoring the first two goals of the contest in a 6:59 span. Stephanie Athens assisted on the game’s first goal and Whitney Jaffe was credited with the assist on the second score. Cole cut the lead to 2-1 at the 21:23 mark, which would be the closest Erskine would get the rest of the way. Erika Mackenzie and Daly scored in a 1:25 span and sent Pfeiffer into the break with a 4-1 advantage.
Ashleigh Kassasb set up Korn’s third goal of the game, just 1:11 into the second half. Cole’s second goal came 35 seconds later and made the contest 5-2. However, Pfeiffer turned the offense up and scored the next seven goals to put the game out of reach. Herbert scored twice in 37 seconds and Kassab and Korn scored in a 54 second span as the rout was on. Bedwell scored all three of her goals in the final 8:27 as Pfeiffer ran away with the contest.
Pfeiffer held a 23-6 advantage in shots in the second half and went 4-for-6 in free-position shots in the game’s final 30 minutes.
Pfeiffer has now won five straight games and heads to Belmont, NC to take on Belmont Abbey on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.