Queens Tops Pfeiffer in Record Seven Overtimes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Queens set the NCAA record for the longest game in lacrosse history this evening in a Conference Carolinas contest against Pfeiffer. The record was previously held by Virginia and Maryland in a game played on March 28, 2009, when the winning goal was scored in the first minute of the seventh overtime period.

Queens' Corey Geroy muscled the ball past Falcons keeper Hayden Kirk with 18-seconds remaining in the seventh overtime period giving the Royals their seventh victory in a row. Queens (7-1 3-0 CC) remains undefeated in the league while Pfeiffer drops to 3-1 (8-3 overall).

Under gross weather conditions, the Royals and the Falcons played a very evenly matched game. Queens took 45 shots to Pfeiffer's 43, the Royals had 25 turnovers to Pfeiffer's 26, and Queens' Brandon MacKnew had 21 saves to Kirk's 19. Both teams scooped up 45 groundballs and won 8 of 16 face-offs. With the game this squarely matched on paper, there was bound to be overtime.

B.J. Leighton put the Royals on the board first with 2:06 on the clock in period one. His goal would be the only for the first stanza of play.

Pfeiffer's Tim Keehammer tied the game up at one with the only goal of the second period.

Brian Rose put Queens back on top for a short period of time in the third before the Falcons answered tying the game up once again at two going in to the fourth.

The Falcons struck first in the final period of regulation scoring a goal with 6:59 on the clock. It appeared that the Falcons lead would hold till the final horn until Jimmy Baker snuck a ball past Kirk tying the game with 11-second left to play.

Spectators would endure seven intense overtime periods of play before Geroy's game winner ended it all with 18-seconds left on the clock.

This evening's game truly marked a battle of the keepers as both goalies made play after play after facing a combined total of 47 shots on goal.

Joe Taylor took all 16 face-offs for the Royals winning eight and scooping up seven groundballs.

Matthew Rabung dominated on the defensive end for Pfeiffer causing six turnovers and collecting nine groundballs.

The Royals have a week off before traveling to Gaffney, S.C. to face the Limestone College Saints who are currently ranked second in the nation. The game is set to begin at 3:00 pm.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Queens's Corey Geroy scored with 18 seconds left in the seventh overtime period, as the Royals took a 4-3 victory over Pfeiffer in thrilling fashion during Conference Carolinas action on Saturday afternoon.

It is believed this sets the new mark for the longest lacrosse game in NCAA history; official confirmation will come by Monday. The nearly three-hour contest sees Queens improve to 7-1 overall, 3-0 in league play while the Falcons lose their second-straight falling to 8-3, 2-1.

Pfeiffer was just a mere 11 seconds away from a 3-2 win until Jimmy Baker found the back of the net late in the fourth quarter to even the contest at three forcing the extra time. The Royals' B.J. Leighton began scoring on the day with 2:06 left in the first period. Pfeiffer's Tim Kleehammer would even the match with 8:23 remaining in the second quarter as that 1-1 mark would carry itself into the half.

Queens would grab a 2-1 in the third 4:17 in as Matthew Michael assisted on a Brian Rose strike. Just over four minutes later, the Falcons' Robert Hope would again square the contest with his goal midway through the third. Pfeiffer took their 3-2 lead with 6:59 left in the fourth as Kory Lutes tallied an unassisted goal, but Baker was able to get his shot off with 11 seconds left to force overtime.

Queens held the advantage in shots 45-43 while both teams were dead even in groundballs (45) and face-offs (8 for 16). The Royals held the advantage in overtime shots 17-15. Brandon Macknew made 21 saves in net for the Royals while Hayden Kirk turned away 19 for Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer now returns home to play in final three games before the Conference Carolinas tournament beginning with Lees-McRae on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

2011-03-26



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