Eighth-ranked Pfeiffer breaks away from Belmont Abbey in second half for win
BELMONT, N.C. -- No. 8 Pfeiffer scored eight second-half goals breaking a 4-4 tie en route to a 12-8 victory against Belmont Abbey in Conference Carolinas action on Wednesday. The Falcons won their sixth consecutive game improving to 10-1 overall, 4-0 in league play. The Crusaders saw their mark drop to 7-4, 1-2 with the loss.
Robert Hope and Matt Michaeli opened scoring for the Falcons before Belmont Abbey's Connor Sellars, Dan Morrissey and Daniel Marshall all followed to put the Crusaders up 3-2. Kory Lutes tied the contest at three with a goal 50 seconds into the second and after Morrissey hit again for the Crusaders, Lutes netted the game-tying goal with one second left in the half for a four-goal draw at the break.
The third quarter belonged to Pfeiffer as a four-goal run started by Lutes early in the period give the Falcons a lead for good. Spencer Allen netted his lone goal of the day at the 7:31 mark before Elliot Gilbert recorded back-to-back strikes for an 8-4 advantage. Lutes and Gilbert each hit for the final time in the fourth quarter while Steven Tilmon scored twice in the same frame.
Khalid Stukes won 17 of the 22 faceoffs on Wednesday, corraling five groundballs as a team high. Hayden Kirk made nine saves in net improving his mark to 10-1 as well.