Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - In their season opener, the No. 14 Pfeiffer men's lacrosse team (1-0) used an 11 goal second half to earn the 200th win in program history as the Falcons came away with a 15-7 victory over Brevard (0-1). The win is the sixth straight time Pfeiffer has opened the year with a victory.
"It's very humbling to be a part of a program with such a rich history," said Head Coach Jason Lange following the historic win. "To get the 200th win is a token to all the hard work and dedication of our alumni and current players. It's a proud day to be a Falcon."
Cole Sheen scored a game-high five goals and Blade Garlow added two goals and three assists in his Pfeiffer debut as the Falcons overcame an early 3-0 deficit and scored 15 of the game's final 19 goals.
Garlow's first goal of the game cut Brevard's lead to 3-1 in the second quarter but the Tornados answered five minutes later to push the lead to 4-1 with 6:27 left in the half. The Falcons would battle back and score eight consecutive goals to put away the visitors. Derek Thomas, Kyle Pauwels and Sheen each added two goals in that span as Pfeiffer dominated Brevard.
Brevard's Jackson McKaig stopped the spurt with 12:21 in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 9-5. Pfeiffer once again seized the momentum as Thomas' goal ignited a 5-1 Pfeiffer advantage that put away the visitors.
Pauwels (4g) and Thomas (3g) trailed Sheen as Pfeiffer's high scorers on the day. Brevard was led by three goals from McKaig.
Mike Moorehead went the distance in goal and made 16 saves for the Falcons. Peyton Mooney suffered the loss in net as the Brevard goalie made 11 saves.
Pfeiffer held a 39-33 edge in ground balls and a 41-37 advantage in shots. The Falcons won 16 of 25 face offs thanks to the solid play of Robert Nelson who won 15 of 23 draws. Each team went 20-for-23 in clear attempts and had 21 turnovers. Brevard was 3-for-9 on the man advantage, while Pfeiffer was 2-for-5.
The Falcons return to action next Saturday as they travel to Mars Hill at 2 p.m. Last year, Thomas' goal in overtime led the Falcons to an 11-10 win over the Lions on Feb. 14.