MATTHEWS, N.C. – The No. 12 Pfeiffer women’s lacrosse team (6-2) won in convincing fashion as they upended Shippensburg (3-2) by a final score of 20-5 on a cool Wednesday afternoon at Matthews Sports Complex. The Pfeiffer defense held Shippensburg to seven goals fewer than their average as Rachel McCarthy improves to 6-1 in goal while making six saves.
Freshman Stephanie Athens led the Falcons offensively as she scored a team high four goals. Ashleigh Kassab, Cheyenne Green, and Whitney Jaffe each contributed hat tricks of their own.
Sheila Johnson scored a game-high and career-high five goals in the losing effort for the Raiders.
The Falcons struck first on a free position shot by Kassab just 3:09 into the first half. Pfeiffer played stingy defense and continued to bury shot after shot as they scored 11 unanswered goals in the first half, taking the 11-0 lead into the half.
Pfeiffer began the second half much like the first half as Kristi Korn netted her first of two goals just 48 seconds into the half.
It was not until 3:13 into the second half that Shippensburg got on the board with Johnson’s first goal of the game.
The Falcons outscored the Raiders 9-5 in the second half, giving Pfeiffer the 20-5 edge; their largest scoring outburst on the season.
Pfeiffer was successful on 19-of-22 clears and Shippensburg finished 10-for-15 in clears.
Stephanie Athens finished with a team-high six ground balls while sister Katherine had a team-high four draw controls and four caused turnovers.
Pfeiffer will return to action Friday, March 21 as they will play host to St. Leo at 3:00 p.m.