Despite program-best 16 saves from Morris, women’s lacrosse falls 18-5 to Pfeiffer

Freshman Kia Morris, shown here playing in the field earlier this season, set a program record with 16 saves as goalie in Wednesday's loss at Pfeiffer. | Photo by Cory Guinn
Freshman Kia Morris, shown here playing in the field earlier this season, set a program record with 16 saves as goalie in Wednesday's loss at Pfeiffer. | Photo by Cory Guinn

by Benny Benton

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Barton College goalie Kia Morris set a program record with 16 saves against Pfeiffer University on Wednesday, but the freshman faced too many shots as the Lady Bulldogs fell 18-5 to the Falcons.

Pfeiffer (9-5, 7-2) took 42 total shots in the match, a season-high against the Lady Bulldogs. Morris, a resident of Fayetteville, N.C., stopped 47 percent of the 34 shots that were on goal, a percentage that also stands as a single-game record in Barton's first season of competition.

The Falcons had numerous opportunities due to 26 turnovers by Barton (1-10, 0-9), it's second-highest total of the year.

Barton actually scored first in the match on Alyssa Torres' 10th goal of the season just over two minutes into the contest.

Pfeiffer tied the match 25 seconds later and took the lead just over a minute after that. However, Morris recorded six of her saves in the first 10 minutes of the match, and the Lady Bulldogs trailed just 3-1 with 19 minutes left in the first half.

The Falcons eventually ran off a string of goals to take an 8-1 advantage with 10:52 remaining before intermission, but Barton responded with consecutive goals by senior Kelly Dolan – her 15th and 16th of the year – to pull back within five at 8-3 with 7:40 to go before the break.

Pfeiffer, currently the fourth-place team in Conference Carolinas, cranked up the offense at that point, rolling off six goals over the remainder of the half to take a 14-3 advantage into halftime.

Barton senior Kianna Jimenez scored a pair of goals on free position attempts early in the second half, the second one cutting the deficit to 15-5 with 17:44 to play, but could not get the deficit back to single digits in the second half. The two goals gave Jimenez 21 for the season, which leads the Lady Bulldogs.

Two Pfeiffer goalies combined for seven saves in the win. Barton took a total of 16 shots, 12 of those between the pipes.

Molly O'Friel and Meagan Bourque each tallied five goals to pace the Falcons on offense.

In addition to her two goals, Barton's Dolan caused five Pfeiffer turnovers, a match-high total. Freshman Rebecca Fraser collected a match-high eight ground balls, her sixth consecutive match with at least six.

Barton will conclude its inaugural season with its next match, which will take place on Saturday, April 22, at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga.