Royals Knocked out of Tournament by No. 11 Pfeiffer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens, seeded third in the Conference Carolinas tournament, faced No. 2 seed Pfeiffer, falling 8-7 in overtime this evening. The loss ends the Royals' season at 8-6, while the Falcons advance to the championship game with an 11-5 record.

Pfeiffer will face Limestone on Sunday in the championship game. The Saints defeated Belmont Abbey 11-6 in game one of the day.

Today's game featured a low scoring first half with Pfeiffer netting the first score of the game at 13:09 in period one. The Royals would not notch a goal until 6:20 in the second win Matthew Michael put one in the back of the cage. Corey Geroy would follow with one of his own 1:10 before the break giving Queens a 2-1 lead heading into the locker room.

In the third, Tucker Hammock would score a goal for the Falcons before the Royals scored three consecutive points taking a 6-2 lead at 5:14 in period three. Pfeiffer's James Sheppard zipped the ball into the net with 32 seconds on the clock giving the game a 6-3 lead in Queens' favor at the start of the fourth.

The Falcons came out aggressive firing three into the net knotting things up at 6-6 with 8:41 to play. Queens would respond when T.C. Whaley put Queens back on top by one after receiving a feed from Jimmy Baker. However, the Falcons had one more left in them equalizing things at 7-7. Neither team could find the back of the net in the final 3:27 of play as the game went into overtime.

At the start of the extra period the Falcons won the face and James Sheppard sprinted towards the net connecting on a shot 15 seconds into overtime for the win.

Geroy led Queens' offense today posting a hat trick. Andrew Hyland recorded 16 saves in the cage.

Sheppard completed the game with a hat trick for the Falcons, while Justin Rose totaled two goals. Hayden Kirk took the win in goal with six saves.

In game one of the day, Limestone reeled off 11 first half points en route to defeating the Crusaders 11-6. Though going scoreless in the second, the Saints held on as Belmont Abbey struggling on the offensive end to get hot. Riley Loewen, Corey Rich, Desi Gonzalez and Jackson Decker each notched two goals for the Saints. Dan Morrisey and Joey McGinley tallied three apiece for the Crusaders.

Sunday's championship game will be played at the Queens Sports Complex following the women's game which begins at 1:00 p.m.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - James Shepherd's overtime goal just 15 seconds in capped off a wild comeback as second-seeded Pfeiffer picked up an 8-7 victory over third-seeded Queens in the second semifinal of the Conference Carolinas tournament on Friday afternoon. The win, a school-record 11th for the Falcons, push them into Sunday's championship game against top-seeded Limestone.

Pfeiffer trailed 6-2 to Queens with 5:14 to play in the third quarter as the comeback began with Shepherd's first of the day with 32 ticks left in the period. Behind three to start the fourth, Justin Rose would set the tone for the final 15 minutes with a strike just 68 seconds in.

Shepherd's second would get it to within one at 6-5 with 9:25 to play before Kory Lutes finally tied things up six-all just 44 seconds later. TC Whaley briefly gave the Royals a 7-6 advantage before Rose hit with the equalizer 3:27 before overtime.

Pfeiffer advances to 11-5 overall setting the new school-mark getting ready for a rematch with Limestone on Sunday afternoon. The Saints, much like the Falcons did on Friday, came back for an 8-7 win over the Falcons last Saturday in South Carolina.


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