MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The No. 7 Pfeiffer men’s lacrosse team (7-1, 2-0 CC) held off the upset minded Crusaders of Belmont Abbey (5-6, 0-1 CC) by a final score of 13-10 on a windy, cool Wednesday afternoon at NE Lefko Field.
Belmont Abbey struck first with 10:50 left in the first quarter as Riley Quinlan netted the ball on the man advantage situation.
The Falcons retaliated to even the score just 14 seconds later as Michael Triolo found an open Tucker Hammock in front of the goal.
The game went back and forth for the first quarter until Triolo struck for his second goal in the period with just .3 seconds left on the clock, giving Pfeiffer the 4-3 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The second period proved to be all Pfeiffer as they outscored the Crusaders 5-1, increasing the halftime lead to 9-4.
Robert Hope got things started for the Falcons in the second frame as he netted an unassisted goal just two minutes into the second quarter. Hammock found the net twice in the second period; completing the hat trick with 5:57 left in the quarter.
With their backs against the wall, the Crusaders led a ferocious comeback as they outscored Pfeiffer 3-1 in the third period.
Pfeiffer’s lone goal game from the stick of Hammock who finished with four goals on the game.
Following Hammock’s goal, the Crusaders connected on three unanswered goals to cut the lead to just two goals as Pfeiffer led 10-8 with 14:32 left in the game.
The Falcons scored back-to-back goals as Steven Tilmon and Hope increased the lead back to four with 8:28 left.
Belmont Abbey would not go away in the hard fought battle, as they answered with two of their goals, closing the gap to 12-10 with just 5:34 left in the game.
Cole Paciejewski put the game away for the Falcons as he scored his second goal of the game with just 3:47 left in the game. Pfeiffer went on to play keep away for the remainder of the game, securing the 13-10 edge over the Crusaders.
Though the score was just three goals apart, Pfeiffer dominated Belmont Abbey in the shot category 46-29 and held a commanding 41-20 advantage in ground balls.
Khalid Stukes won a season high 18-of-25 face-offs and was credited with a season high and team high 15 ground balls.
Hammock led the way offensively for the Falcons as he connected on four goals in the game. Hope netted two goals and handed out two assists on the evening.
Hayden Kirk improved to 6-1 on the season as he recorded ten saves on the game.
Pfeiffer returns to action Saturday, March 29 as they host Catawba at 3:00 p.m.