The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse team outscored the seventh-ranked Pfeiffer Falcons 6-3 in the second half, but Pfeiffer's 5-1 second period was the difference in a 13-10 win this afternoon in Misenheimer. Pfeiffer improves to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in Conference Carolinas while the Abbey slips to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in league play.
Pfeiffer outscored the Abbey 4-3 in the first period and pulled away with a 5-1 difference in the second period to carry a 9-4 lead into the half.
Riley Quinlan scored the first goal of the game on a man-up strike 4:10 into the match but the Falcons took the lead with two straight winners. Connor Sellars deadlocked the game at two with the first of his four goals, a man-up marker at the 5:12 mark, but the Falcons scored two of the final three goals of the period to lead 4-3 after one.
The second quarter was all Pfeiffer, as it scored five goals on 14 shots to open its lead to 9-4 at the half. Sellars scored the lone Abbey goal of the quarter, coming at the 2:10 mark on a Scotty Steele assist.
Belmont Abbey rallied in the third, outscoring Pfeiffer 3-1 to trim the deficit to three. The Crusaders scored three times on eight attempts as Sellars, Brendan Rogers and Joey McGinley (man-up) sliced the Pfeiffer lead to 10-7 entering the final 15 minutes.
Ryan Callahan kept the Crusader momentum going with a goal just 28 seconds into the period, but the Falcons responded with two unanswered to stretch the lead back to four at 12-8.
The Crusaders mounted one last charge as Sellars and Quinlan scored back-to-back to bring the Falcons lead back down to a pair with 5:34 left, but Pfeiffer closed the scoring with 3:47 left to seal the win.
Sellars scored four goals on nine shots to go along with two assists and a caused turnover. Callahan and Quinlan added two goals with McGinley and Rogers scoring one each. Steele totaled two assists.
Brett Lawless stopped 16 shots in the cage while scooping up four ground balls.