Geroy's Eight Points Pace Queens over Wingate

Wingate, N.C. -- Queens broke a 6-6 halftime tie with seven second-half goals to defeat Wingate, 13-8, on Wednesday afternoon. Queens improves to 5-3 overall with the win, while Wingate drops to 4-7 overall.

The Royals broke the tie 30 seconds into the second half with the third of freshman attack Evan Farkas' three goals. Queens added two more goals in the quarter from junior middie T.C. Whaley with 12:29 remaining and freshman attack Justin Kestler's second goal of the game with 49 seconds to play in the quarter. Kestler's goal would eventually be the game-winner.

Queens added goals by junior attack Kevin Hornik, Kestler and senior attack Corey Geroy before Wingate sophomore middie Troy Press scored on a man-up situation with 3:49 to cut the Royals lead to 12-7. Queens found the back of the net with 2:10 to play on junior attack Jimmy Baker's sixth goal of the season. Wingate sophomore middie Bryce Sneed scored his first goal of the season with 1:52 to play, but it would prove to be too little, too late for the 'Dogs.

The visitors got on the board first with junior attack Matthew Michael's sixth goal of the season at the 7:48 mark of the first quarter. The Bulldogs answered with two goals by Taylor Womble with 6:56 and 5:38 remaining in the quarter to take a 2-1 lead. Farkas and Kestler scored to give Queens a 3-2 lead, but Wingate junior middie Garrett Kendall tied the game with 14 seconds remaining in the opening frame.

Wingate regained the lead with 12:21 to play in the opening half on senior attack Bryan Bayliss' 14th goal of the season. Queens scored three straight goals, one by Farkas and two by Geroy to take a 6-5 lead with 47 seconds left in the first half. Wingate sophomore middie James Wells tied the game with six seconds left in the half on his seventh goal of 2012.

Geroy, Kestler and Farkas each had three goals for the Royals. Geroy had five assists, while Michael had four helpers. Womble and Press had two goals each for the Bulldogs, while junior attack Derek Watts had two assists. The Bulldogs were one for two on man-up opportunities, while Queens failed to convert on its lone extra man chance.

Wingate will return to Deep South Conference play on Saturday at Mars Hill College. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The 'Dogs will honor their seven seniors prior to the regular season finale on Saturday, April 7 against Catawba. First face-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. at Irwin Belk Stadium.

(Wingate University senior Steven Grandy contributed this article. A Sport Management major from Raleigh, N.C., Grandy won the District III Athlete Profile portion of the CoSIDA Fred Stabley, Sr. Writing Contest in 2010.)

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WINGATE, N.C. Corey Geroy collected three goals and five assists pacing the Royals past Wingate this afternoon. Queens defeated the Bulldogs 13-8, improving their record to 5-4. Wingate's record dropped to 4-7 on the season.

The first two quarters of play saw offensive swings on each end of the field. Taylor Womble gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead on back-to-back scores with 5:38 left in the first. Queens' Evan Farkas and Justin Kestler would put Queens ahead by one for a short period with consecutive goals before the Bulldogs' Kendall Garrett tied the game up at three with 14 seconds to play.

Both teams scored three goals each in the second keeping things knotted at six heading into the break. Geroy notched two of his goals in the period.

Out of the half, Queens was able to create some space scoring the only three goals in the third. Matthew Michael picked up an assists on each of the goals.

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