Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
GREENVILLE, Tenn. - The Pfeiffer men's lacrosse team (0-1) dropped its 2017 season opener at Tusculum by a final score of 16-6 on Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field. The Falcons held strong early but were outscored 13-2 in the second half.
Cody Lamond scored the Falcons opening goal of the season off an assist from Blade Garlow with 9:32 to play in the opening quarter, giving Pfeiffer an early advantage. Tusculum would close out the frame with goals from Tyler Klarner and Keegan Bell to take a 2-1 lead after 15 minutes.
Nate Wade struck for the Pioneers at the 8:31 mark of the second quarter but Pfeiffer would respond with three consecutive goals to close out the half. Justin Oberg scored with 8:16 left in the half and Garlow scored off an assist from Jared Nelson with 6:03 to play, evening the score at three. With 4:41 to go and the man advantage, Garlow found Lamond to put Pfeiffer up 4-3.
Kyle Barna struck at the 11:53 mark of the third quarter to push Pfeiffer's advantage to 5-3 but the Pioneers would respond in a big way. Tusculum scored six straight goals before Alex Skidmore struck with four seconds left in the quarter with goalie Mike Moorehead getting credit with the assist.
The Pioneers would close out the contest by scoring the final seven goals of the afternoon to put the game away. Ben Boyd scored three times in the fourth quarter and Tusculum would convert twice with the extra man.
In addition to his assist, Moorehead recorded 15 saves on the day before giving way to Jacob Michel.
Lamond won 14-of-25 faceoffs on the afternoon and had a game-high nine ground balls on top of his two goals and one caused turnover. Dillon Malloy grabbed four ground balls and Garlow finished with a team-high seven shots.
Tusculum finished 3-for-4 in man up opportunities and held a 34-27 advantage in ground balls.
The Falcons will return to action next Saturday as they host Mars Hill at 2 p.m.