The tenth-ranked Pfeiffer Falcons scored ten straight goals after the Crusaders cut the lead to 4-2 early in the first half en route to a 18-5 win this afternoon at Alumni Field. Pfeiffer improves to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey dips to 8-5 and finishes conference play with a 3-3 record. Belmont Abbey concludes the regular season Tuesday when hosting Catawba at 3:00.
Pfeiffer scored the first four goals of the game but the Abbey responded with two unanswered in a span of a minute. Katy Connery put the Crusaders on the board at the 12:41 mark, followed by Jordan Hofmeister's goal exactly one minute later to cut the Falcons lead in half.
The Falcons countered by scoring the next 12 straight goals-ending the half with ten of those-to carry a 12-2 lead at the break. Pfeiffer scored the first two goals of the second half before Gina Colella interrupted the string with an unassisted marker at the 18:46 mark, which started a sequence of both teams trading goals.
After Pfeiffer's next goal, Katelin Glass scored at the 11:35 mark on a free position shot. The Falcons netted the next two, and the Crusaders scored their final goal on a Lauren DiChiara free position shot with 6:58 to play.
Pfeiffer outshot the Abbey 31-9 and held a 14-11 edge in draw controls. Belmont Abbey won the ground ball battle 30-29 as Kassie Easter led all players with seven. Connery, the national leader in ground balls, scooped up five.