MISENHEIMER, NC- Sarah Daly’s goal with 4:26 left in the second half proved to be the game-winner as the No. 11 Pfeiffer women’s lacrosse team (3-1) narrowly defeated Regis (0-2) by a final score of 10-9 on Saturday afternoon. Daly took a feed from teammate Katherine Athens to beat the Regis goalkeeper, and the Falcons were able to run out the rest of the clock to gain their third win of the season.
Ashleigh Kassab’s four goals, including three in the first half, paced the Falcons offensively as the junior accounted for 40 percent of the team’s scoring. Daly found the back of the net twice and four other Falcons recorded one goal each.
Erin Todd scored three times for the Rangers and both Maddie Garcia and Emily Behr finished with a goal and an assist on the afternoon.
The game was played about as closely as possible and the final stats reflected it. Pfeiffer held a narrow 21-20 advantage in shots and a 20-18 lead in ground balls. Regis committed 24 turnovers and Pfeiffer gave the ball away 23 times, while the Rangers took a 12-9 edge in draw controls.
Pfeiffer stormed out of the gates as Kassab, Haley Gourdie and Sarah Daly gave the Falcons a 4-1 lead at the 16:08 mark of the first half. Danica Cutshall cut the lead to 4-2 at the midway point of the half before the defenses took over. Neither team was able to score for over 12 minutes of game action before Kassab netted her third goal of the half to give Pfeiffer the 5-2 advantage. However, Regis responded with a big goal with only six seconds remaining in the half and made the score 5-3.
Regis came out of the halftime break on fire, scoring four of the first five goals in the second half to take an 8-7 lead. Kristi Korn’s free position goal with 12:59 left to play seized the momentum back for the Falcons and Mackenzie Rolland scored 37 seconds later to put up Pfeiffer ahead 9-8. Todd would knot the score at nine with an unassisted score off the ensuing faceoff with 11:45 left on the clock.
The defenses stiffened again as 7:19 ticked off the clock before Daly netted the game-winner. Katherine Athens caused a Regis turnover with her pressure defense and scooped up the ground ball. The senior captain took the ball all the way to the offensive end and found an open Daly who beat the goalie for her fifth goal of the season.
Rachel McCarthy improved to 3-0 in goal as the sophomore made seven saves. Gianna Lombardi fell to 0-2 on the young season, finishing with six stops.
Kassab scored her four goals on just five shots on goal. Athens had a great all-around game for Pfeiffer, finishing with seven draw controls, three ground balls and five caused turnovers. Andrea Archila also caused four turnovers on the defensive end and Pfeiffer converted on all three of their free position shots.
Maribel Gallegos grabbed four ground balls for the Rangers and Danica Cutshall forced two turnovers, while Emily Behr had a team-high four draw controls.
Pfeiffer now has 12 days off until its next contest when they host Lindenwood at NE Lefko Field on Mar. 13 at 3 p.m.