Falcons claw Bobcats, 19-1

Box score

MISENHEIMER, N.C. --- The Pfeiffer University men's lacrosse team outscored Lees-McRae College by an 11-1 margin in the first half en route to a 19-1 victory in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon.

Pfeiffer (10-3, 4-0 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (1-9, 0-4 CC) by a 53-21 margin, including a 32-9 advantage in the first half, while winning the battle in ground balls by a stretch of 40-28. The Falcons won 15-of-24 face-offs while converting 16-of-22 clear attempts.

Brett Yusiewicz (Chapel Hill, N.C.) found the back of the net for the 12th time this season, as Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) tallied his seventh assist of the campaign. Jarrod Brady (Kernersville, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with four ground balls, as Ryan Sparks (Hilton Head, S.C.) and Derin Vacca (Wake Forest, N.C.) won five and four face-offs, respectively. Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) made 11 saves for the Bobcats.

James Shepherd scored a game-high seven goals to lead the way for Pfeiffer, as Tucker Hammock added three goals and five assists. Justin Rose chipped in four goals, as Cole Paciejewski added a pair of strikes and Elliot Gilbert posted two assists. Rose and Tommy Melching each recorded a game-high five ground balls, as Melching won 15-of-22 face-offs. TJ Connors and Michael Markland combined for 12 saves between the pipes for Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer got off to a strong start, taking a 6-0 lead into the second period and adding four strikes to open a 10-0 advantage before the Bobcats got on the board at the 3:49 mark, when Yusiewicz found the back of the net off an assist by Ives.

After the Falcons closed out the period with a late goal to stretch the lead to 11-1, Pfeiffer tallied six goals in the third to push the margin to 17-1. Pfeiffer then scored a pair of goals in the fourth to cap the day's scoring.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday, April 7 when the Bobcats host Queens University of Charlotte in their regular-season finale. The Bobcats will celebrate senior day prior to the opening face-off slated for 2 p.m.

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