Royals Run Past Bobcats on Senior Day

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Queens outscored Lees-McRae College by a 14-1 margin in the first half en route to an 18-2 victory on Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas play on Tate Field.

Queens (6-5, 1-2 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (1-10, 0-5 CC) by a 50-16 margin, including a 33-6 advantage in the first half, as the Bobcats edged the Royals, 41-38, in ground balls. The Royals edged the Bobcats by a 14-10 margin in face-off wins, as Queens converted 24 of 28 clear attempts.

Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) paced the Bobcats with his 27th goal of the season to celebrate his senior day, as Jeff White (Middle Township, N.J.) also found the back of the net. Brett Yusiewicz (Chapel Hill, N.C.) tallied an assist, as Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) posted 14 saves and seven ground balls.

Derin Vacca (Wake Forest, N.C.) and Ryan Sparks (Hilton Head, S.C.) each recorded six ground balls and five face-off wins, as Bryan Bosley (Hanover, Pa.) and Benjamin Shifflett (Clemmons, N.C.) both caused three turnovers.

Andrew Hyland and Casey Hock each tallied three goals for the Royals, as Matthew Michael posted two goals and three assists. Evan Farkas and Hock both recorded two helpers, as Kenneth Stryker won 13 of 22 face-offs. Hyland and Nick Simonetti combined for seven saves between the pipes for the Royals.

Queens jumped out to a 4-0 advantage before Ives responded for the Bobcats, taking a pass from Yusiewicz and beating the goaltender to cut the margin to 4-1 at the 6:00 mark of the first quarter. The Royals would answer with a trio of strikes to take a 7-1 lead into the second, before tallying seven goals in the second quarter to take a 14-1 advantage into the intermission.

After Queens pushed the margin to 16-1 with a pair of short-handed goals in the third, White opened the fourth with a spectacular effort, finding the bottom corner of the net while taking a punishing hit to tally his second goal of the season. The Royals would counter with a pair of late strikes to answer the final margin of 18-2.

Lees-McRae is expected to return 14 letter-winners from this year's squad, including rising seniors Sparks, Nick Netting (Arlington, Va.), and Jon Batsel (Raleigh, N.C.).

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. Corey Geroy and Casey Hock each recorded hat tricks this afternoon and Queens University of Charlotte defeated the Lees-McRae College Bobcats 18-2. With the win, the Royals' record improved to 6-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Bobcats fall to 1-10 on the season and 0-5 in the league.

Matthew Michael and Hock were able to lead the Royals in points with five each. Hock added two assists to his three goals, while Michael scored two goals and dished out three assists. Jimmy Baker collected two goals and two assists, while Evan Farkas notched one goal and two assists. Andrew Hyland took the win in goal after collecting four saves. Nick Simonetti recorded three saves after spending 30 minutes in goal.

Danny Ives and Jeff White scored one goal apiece for the Bobcats. Ryan Harris took the loss in the net after getting 14 stops.

Queens was able to build a large lead in the first quarter outscoring the Bobcats 7-1. They then added seven more goal in the second quarter giving the game a 14-1 score at the half.

The second half featured less offense as the Royals put four more goals on the board, while holding the Bobcats to only one more score.

The Royals outshot Lees-McRae to 50-16.

Queens is back in action on Wednesday when they travel to face Coker at 6:00 p.m.


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