Tigerville, S.C. -- North Greenville women’s lacrosse dropped a home game to conference rivals Pfeiffer University early on Saturday afternoon.
Pfeiffer opened the scoring with a quick goal as the Falcon’s Gracie Herbert scored just 27 seconds into the game. The Falcons followed it up with another goal before North Greenville was able to get on the board. Natalie Dufresne received a pass from Sydney Taylor and deposited the ball in the back of the Pfeiffer goal.
The Falcon’s scored another before Monica Colwell got one back for the Crusaders with 23:34 left in the first half. Pfeiffer then score three straight goals as it took a commanding 6-2 lead just past halfway through the first period.
North Greenville’s Emily Colson pulled a goal back to make the score 6-3 before both teams went on a scoring drought. After nine minutes without a goal, Pfeiffer found the back of the net. North Greenville responded with two rapid goals as Hanna Hawkins and Taylor Kennington scored within 1:14 of each other. After the dust settled, the teams headed to halftime at a score of 7-5.
The second half proved to be a tough one for the Crusaders, as the Falcons outscored them 9-4 in the final 30 minutes. Pfeiffer opened the half with three more goals to take a five goal advantage before Dufresne was able to break the 15 minute scoring drought for North Greenville.
A comeback was not in the cards for the Crusaders as the Pfeiffer attack was too much to handle in the final 15 minutes of the half. The Falcons scored six more goals as Hawkins, Rebecca Bagwell and Colson were the only Crusaders able to find the back of the net in that time.
Hawkins, Dufresne and Colson paced the North Greenville attack with two goals apiece, while Dufresne and goalkeeper Sydney Taylor were the only Crusaders with assists. Taylor also finished the game with 14 saves.
The loss drops the Crusaders to 8-5 on the season and 3-3 in Conference Carolinas play. North Greenville returns to action on April 13 as it goes to Wingate University. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.