Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville men’s lacrosse played in, and won the program’s first ever Conference Carolinas playoff game on Tuesday night, downing Pfeiffer University 15-9 to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.
The Crusaders stormed out to an early lead with 12 first half scores. The Falcons countered with a goal at the 23-second mark of the first quarter but NGU’s defense kept the Falcons from doing any more damage. The Falcons got off just four shots on goal in the first half of play and turned the ball over nine times.
North Greenville countered with 18-shots on frame out of 24 total shots. The Crusaders scored the first four goals of the half to take a 4-0 edge. The Falcons cut the lead to three with a goal in the final 20-seconds, but Jake Foster scored his first of three first half goals with 3-seconds left to extend the advantage to four.
Foster opened up the second quarter with a score that was his second in a row, and second of eight unanswered scores by North Greenville that gave the Crusaders a 12-1 halftime edge. Ethan Landreth also had a solid showing in the first half with three goals of his own. The Crusaders got scores from seven different players in the first half.
Pfeiffer came out firing in the second half with the season on the line. The Falcons scored the first four goals of the third period to cut NGU’s lead down to seven scores. Hunter Burgett finally broke NGU’s 10-minute scoring drought with a goal at the 3:06 mark to make the score 13-5.
The Falcons made things a little uncomfortable in the final minutes of the game, scoring four of the next six goals. North Greenville got another score from Austin Dixon and Ethan Landreth, which created some separation from the Falcons who stormed back tot cut NGU’s lead to just six goals with 4:08 left.
North Greenville’s defense did enough in the final minutes though to keep the Falcons from pulling any closer. The Crusaders caused 11-turnovers on Tuesday and scooped up 34-groundballs. Logan Bryant led the charge with 13-recoveries. Alex Proly finished with five recoveries while Sky Dupree had four.
Ethan Landreth led the team with four goals while Austin Dixon and Jake Foster had three each. Hunter Burgett had two scores. Braeden Dixon got the win in the net, scoring seven saves.
The Crusaders improved to 9-8 overall on the season and advance to the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas tournament. NGU earned a rematch with Limestone College, a game scheduled for Friday afternoon at 4pm at Pepsi Stadium.