Queens Falls, 14-12, to Belmont Abbey

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens fell 14-12 to Belmont Abbey College this evening in what was a battle for the 2011 Conference Carolinas tournament #3 seed, as both teams entered tonight's game with 4-2 conference records.

The Royals will go on to face the number one seed Limestone Saturday at 1:00 pm, while the Crusaders will take on the number two seed, Pfeiffer University Falcons, immediately following at the Queens Sports Complex.

The Crusaders jumped out to an early 4-2 lead before Queens went on a 3-to-0 run taking the lead by one, 5-4. However, Belmont Abbey would close the half on a 5-to-2 spurt entering the locker room up by two, 9-7.

Rachel Schraeder opened the second half scoring to give the Crusaders their largest lead of the game. Kristy Kemp responded for Queens with her third goal of the game. Amanda Martin would soon follow bringing Queens to within one of Belmont Abbey, 10-9.

The Royals would get to within one of the Crusaders once more before Kristyn Kinsey notched two goals in a row putting the visitors back up by three, 13-10. Martin worked hard keeping the Royals within reach of the win scoring two more goals for Queens making the score 13-12 with 9:13 on the clock.

That's as close as Queens would get as the Crusaders went in to stall mode running time off the clock to keep hold of the win.

Queens won 16 draw controls to Belmont Abbey's 12 and edged the Crusaders in ground balls by one, 29-to-28. The Crusaders outshot the Royals 27-to-23.

Martin led Queens with four goals while Kemp and Philip each notched hat tricks. Philip also had an assist giving her four points on the game. Shannon Casey finished with three assists, seven ground balls, and seven draw controls. Emily Balmer collected six ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers.

Leading the Crusaders this evening was Kinsey with four goals and one assist for five points. Laura Dowd tallied three goals. Lindsay Connolly scooped up six ground balls.

Tory Morgan earned the win in goal with seven saves while Queens' Chelsea Lancashire took the loss with eight stops.


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