Royals Net Final Eight Goals to Dominate Edinboro

Charlotte, N.C.- The Royals scored the last eight goals of today's game against the Fighting Scots of Edinboro University in route to a home win. Queens University of Charlotte dominated Edinboro winning 21-9 and improving their overall record to 3-5. Edinboro, who is coached by former Queens women's lacrosse coach Kevin Cooke, begins their season at 0-1.

Brittany Philip scored the first goal of the game with 25:10 on the clock to get the Royals rolling. After a goal by Edinboro tied the game at 1-1, Queens went on a four-to-zero run to take control of the game, 5-1. Kristi Kemp began the run capitalizing on a free position shot.

Two of the four goals during the run were free position shots. Once the Royals got the lead, they never looked back. Queens netted three more first half goals before the Fighting Scots tried to close the gap getting to within three with their last goal of the half with 25 seconds on the clock making the score 8-5. Shelby Will of Edinboro scored the goal on a free position shot after a yellow card was issued to a Royals player.

In the second half of play, Queens came out on fire netting 13 goals on 18 shots. Still playing a man down, the Royals opened up the half scoring two goals within 30 seconds of each other. The Fighting Scots tried to match the Royals in goals to close the margin but Queens was too hot to stop today. After Edinboro's final goal of the game scored by Kristin Sann around the 20 minute mark, Queens went on an eight-to-zero run to close the game. Shannon Casey and Enna Saffos netted two goals each in the run.

The Royals outshot the Fighting Scots 34-24 and won 20 of the 32 draw controls in the game. Queens scooped up 34 ground balls and connected on four of five free position shots.

Casey led all players with four goals in the game. Four different Queens' players recorded hat tricks; Kelley Duffey, Brittany Philip, Kelly Walsh, and Kemp. Brittany Barnwell, who is leading the Royals in goals with 20, netted two with Saffos. Duffey, who is leading the team and conference in assists this season, tallied six dimes.

She now has 12 goals and 23 assists this season for a total of 35 points. Caitlin O'Rourke led all players with five ground balls, and Kemp and Philip each possessed five draw controls. Goal keeper Rebecca Markle defended the cage today getting nine saves.

Three different Edinboro players scored two goals apiece; Abbey Mackessy, Lauren Kincaid, and Kristin Sann. Sann, a former All-American and player at Queens, also recorded one assist, five groundballs, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers.

The Royals will face conference rival Belmont Abbey at the Queens Sports Complex on March 17th at 6:00 p.m. next.


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