MISENHEIMER, N.C. – AriAnna McDonald’s (Cedar Park, TX) third and final goal of the day came with 55 seconds left in regulation as visiting Regis University upset 14th-ranked Pfeiffer University 17-16 in women’s lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon. The Rangers improve to 2-3 on the year while the Lady Falcons fall to 3-2.
Both teams went back and forth all afternoon as neither team had more than a two-goal advantage at any time. As Erin Dybus (St. Louis, MO) scored with 3:53 remaining in the second half to put the Rangers up 15-14, Pfeiffer’s Kristi Korn (Rochester, NY) would net the equalizer just 63 seconds later. McDonald would then score two goals over the final 1:29 to lead the Rangers to victory after Liz Melesh (Annapolis, MD) tied the game with 1:08 to play.
In the first half of action, Dybus started scoring on the day for Regis while Shannon Bonnel (Mechanicsville, MD) followed two minutes later for Pfeiffer. Hilary Duda (Minnetonka, MN) would sandwich a pair of goals in between Korn’s first of the day while Natalie Marvin (South Berwick, ME), Korn and Kristina Anderson (Gaithersburg, MD) would send Pfeiffer from down 7-5 to up 8-7 at the half.
Emily Behr (St. Louis, MO) and Danica Cutshall (Lakeville, MN) each scored four to lead the Rangers while Cutshall also added two assists. McDonald picked up six groundballs while Cutshall amassed a match-high 12 draw controls in the win.
Korn would pace the Lady Falcons with five goals while Melesh scored three with two assists. Katherine Athens (Huntingtown, MD) picked up five groundballs while Bonnel and Rachel Hebberd (Golden, CO) each controlled four draws.
Regis out-shot Pfeiffer 32-28 while picking up 21 of the 35 draw controls in the win. The Rangers also picked up seven more loose balls while forcing 19 Pfeiffer turnovers.
Pfeiffer will now move on to a three-game spring break trip to Florida starting on Monday at Rollins College. The Lady Falcons will also visit St. Leo and play Stonehill at Rollins during the week.