Misenheimer, N.C. – North Greenville women’s lacrosse dropped its first conference game of the season on Wednesday, falling to Pfeiffer 10-8.
Pfeiffer gained early control of the game scoring four unanswered goals in the opening 10-minutes. The Crusaders shook off the long bus trip a few minutes later, answering with four consecutive goals of their own.
Hanna Hawkins would get NGU on the board while back-to-back goals from Madison Boudreau and Rachel Kellogg cut the deficit to one. Boudreau added one more goal to even the tally at four. A pair of traded goals at the end of the half evened the score at 5-5. The Falcons struck first but Boudreau’s third of the half would be the equalizer.
The second half saw a number of turnovers from each squad. The Crusaders gave it away 10-times while the Falcons committed 12-giveaaways. One of the Pfeiffer turnovers happened early in the second half and led to the first score of the period as Kellogg got her second of the game to give NGU the 6-5 lead, the team’s first of the game.
The Falcons responded with three consecutive goals to erase North Greenville’s advantage and take an 8-6 lead. Pfeiffer added two more scores in the period, eventually taking a 10-7 lead.
Brenis Napoli scored the seventh goal of the game for the Crusaders with 13:12 left on the clock. At the time Napoli’s goal made the score 8-7 in favor of the Falcons. Rachel Kellogg tacked on her third score of the game with 4:45 left in the game, following Pfeiffer’s 10th goal but NGU ran out of steam as the Falcons escaped with the Conference win.
Kellogg and Boudreau led North Greenville with three goals each. Boudreau also had three groundballs along with Candace Petit and Monica Colwell. Colwell led The Crusaders with two caused turnovers. Boudreau was also solid on draws, leading all players with seven controls. The Crusaders won 12 of Wednesday’s 19.
The Crusaders fall to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in league play. Next on tap for North Greenville is Coker College. The Crusaders and Cobras are scheduled to play at 4pm on the 25th in Hartsville, South Carolina.