Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
HARTSVILLE, SC - The No. 13 Pfeiffer Falcons (4-0) survived a late comeback attempt by the Coker Cobras (0-3) to hold on to a 12-10 non-conference victory on Friday night. The Falcons saw a five goal lead dwindle to just one, but held off the fourth quarter rally to finish February with a unblemished record.
Pfeiffer took a commanding 4-0 lead just 15:21 into the contest as four different Falcons found the back of the net. However, the Cobras would score three of the next four goals to cut the deficit to 5-3. Matt Michaeli had the answer for the Falcons with 4:36 left in the second quarter but neither team would score the rest of the half as Pfeiffer took the 6-3 advantage into the half.
Coker struck for the first goal of the second half as Josh Smith scored at the 10:28 mark. After nearly seven minutes without a goal, Mike Mariello cut Pfeiffer's lead to 6-5 with an unassisted goal. Pfeiffer closed out the frame with goals by Ben Austin and Kyle Enkelmann to grab a three goal lead.
Cole Sheen scored a man up goal to start the fourth quarter and Kyle Pauwels added his second score of the game as Pfeiffer took a 10-5 lead with 13:16 left in regulation. However, the Cobras stormed back with four straight goals and were trailing just 10-9 with 5:39 to play. Derek Thomas stopped Coker's momentum with an unassisted goal and then Austin set up Blade Garlow on the man advantage as Pfeiffer pushed the lead to 12-9 with 1:57 to play. Coker would tack on a late goal but the comeback was thwarted.
Sheen finished with three goals and currently leads Conference Carolinas with 15 tallies on the season. Thomas, Pauwels and Austin all scored twice and Austin added two assists. Michaeli led the Falcons with six ground balls and Justin Oberg caused three turnovers on the defensive end.
Mike Moorehead made 10 saves to earn his fourth win of the season.
Pfeiffer forced Coker into 18 turnovers on the night and went 2-for-4 with the man advantage. The Falcons were also a perfect 16-for-16 in clears on the game.
The Falcons look to remain unbeaten as they travel to Saint Leo next Saturday at 1 p.m.