MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Using a pair of four-goal stretches, Pfeiffer University was able to stay unbeaten in Conference Carolinas play with a 10-4 victory over Belmont Abbey College in men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon. The Falcons see their season-high win streak move to five advancing to 9-3 overall, 3-0 in league play while the Crusaders fall to 3-7, 1-2.
Belmont Abbey’s Scotty Steele (Severna Park, MD) scored the first goal of the day with 7:32 to play in the first quarter while Pfeiffer’s Elliot Gilbert (Corning, NY) tied things up with 3:52 remaining as both teams played to a 1-1 draw through 15 minutes.
The Falcons started to take over in the second with James Shepherd (St. John, NEW BRUNSWICK) finding the back of the net just 15 seconds into the second quarter. Just past the midway point of the period, Steven Tilmon (Orlando, FL) and Justin Rose (Rochester, NY) would tally two minutes apart to give the hosts a 4-1 lead. Steele, who scored three on the day, put home his second with 29 ticks left in the period as Pfeiffer led 4-2 at the break.
Both third quarter goals belonged to the Falcons with Rose hitting again at 12:09 thanks to assist from Zac Clark (Corning, NY) while Tim Kleehammer (Rochester, NY) scored unassisted with 84 seconds left. Belmont Abbey would then register the first two goals of the fourth quarter to make things interesting over the final 15 minutes.
Steele would finish off his hat trick just 31 seconds in while Tanner Scharr (Canandiagua, NY) hooked up with Brendan Rogers (Sayville, NY) at the 12:54 mark for a man-up goal getting the Crusaders to within two at 6-4. From there, Pfeiffer would put home the game’s final four starting with Tilmon’s second at 9:35 and Rose’s third with five minutes remaining. Shepherd and Robert Hope (Peterborough, ONTARIO) with hit with 4:26 and 0:03 to go.
Kleehammer, Tilmon and Jeff Konko (Rochester, NY) would each pick up four groundballs in the win while Luke Gillespie (Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA) caused four of Belmont Abbey’s eight turnovers. Kevin Costa (Gambrills, MD) scooped up a team-high four groundballs for the Crusaders while Brendan Shoults (Severna Park, MD) caused a pair of turnovers. Hayden Kirk (Farmingdale, NY) turned away 10 shots while allowing just the four goals in net for the Falcons.
Pfeiffer will get back to league action on Saturday hosting Lees-McRae at 3:30 p.m. Live stats will be available courtesy of http://www.gofalconsports.com.