BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Pfeiffer University Falcons used a three goal third period to claim a 10-8 win over the Lees-McRae College Bobcats Tuesday night in a Conference Carolinas men's lacrosse game at Tate Field. With the win, Pfeiffer improves to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference, while Lees-McRae drops their sixth in a row and falls to 3-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
Pfeiffer took an early 4-1 lead after the first quarter, but Lees-McRae strung together their own 4-1 quarter to tie the game at five at the half.
After the break, Pfeiffer took control of the game with a 3-1 third period. Lees-McRae pulled within one goal with the first goal in the fourth period but Pfeiffer answered to push the lead back two goals. Lees-McRae would cut the lead to one, but less than a minute later Pfeiffer answered with the game's final goal to earn the 10-8 win.
Brett Yusiewicz and Matt Markey led the Bobcats with two goals, and Markey added two assists for a team-high four points. Derin Vacca, Brandon Marks, Landon Guntman and Quinn Struble also notched goals for the Bobcats. Jordan Shreiner had two assists, and Landon Young and Vacca had one assists apiece. Andy Nesdill had seven groundballs and Young, Vacca and Micheal LaSalle had four groundballs.
For the Falcons, Chad Olsen had a game-high three goals and also added one assist for four total points. Justin Rose and Kory Lutes scored two gaols, and Dan Mesler, Derrick Ensor and Nick Berkompas had one goal apiece. Ben Nielsen had a team-high two assists. Kirby Upshaw collected a game-high six groundballs for the Falcons.
Lees-McRae won 15 of the 22 face-offs with Vacca going 6-for-6, and Dane Robinson going 7-for-11. The Falcons outshot the Bobcats 46-21 and won the groundball battle 41-31.