Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - In a battle of top-20 teams, the No. 14 Pfeiffer men's lacrosse team (3-0) defeated local rival No. 20 Queens (2-1) by a final score of 14-12 on Saturday afternoon at N.E. Lefko Field. Cole Sheen and Kyle Enkelmann each scored four times for the Falcons who remain unbeaten on the season.
Mike Moorehead made 12 saves in goal for the Falcons who held a 43-35 advantage in shots on the afternoon. Queens held a narrow 29-28 advantage in ground balls and each team turned the ball over 20 times in the contest.
The Royals struck for two quick goals to take the early lead but Pfeiffer rallied for the next six straight scores. Enkelmann scored twice in the final 2:58 of the first quarter as the opening frame would end with Pfeiffer holding a 4-2 lead.
Matt Michaeli and Sheen pushed the lead to 6-2 before the visitors rattled off three consecutive tallies to cut the lead to 6-5. Kyle Pauwels took a pass from Blade Garlow and found the back of the net with 58 seconds left in the half to put Pfeiffer up two, but Queens scored with 0.3 seconds left in the opening half to cut the score to 7-6 at the break.
With the game tied at eight, Pfeiffer took control with four straight goals to end the third quarter. Derek Thomas, Enkelmann, Ben Austin and Sheen put Pfeiffer up 12-8 heading into the final quarter as the Falcons looked to close out the contest.
In the fourth quarter, Queens opened with back-to-back goals but Garlow's unassisted goal extended the lead to three. Queens was able to cut the deficit to two on separate occasions but couldn't pull any closer as Pfeiffer got the much needed non-conference win.
Michaeli led the Falcons with six ground balls and Thomas led all players with 12 shots. The Falcons were whistled for nine penalties in the contest, and held Queens to 3-for-9 with the man advantage.
Pfeiffer only had the extra man four times and converted once. Defensively, Kenny Robertson caused three turnovers and grabbed two ground balls and Kevin Kerrick forced two turnovers as Pfeiffer kept a high-powered offense in check.
The win breaks Queens two game winning streak over the Falcons. Prior to those two wins over Pfeiffer, the Falcons had won five straight matchups.
Pfeiffer looks to stay hot as they hit the road for a non-conference game at Coker on Friday night. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.