Queens' Season Ended by Belmont Abbey in Semifinals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens took on Belmont Abbey College this afternoon in the Conference Carolinas tournament, falling 12-10 to the Crusaders in the semifinal round. The Royals end their season at 7-10, while Belmont Abbey advances to face Limestone in the final with a 9-6 record. Limestone advanced to the final after defeating Pfeiffer 20-10.

Shannon Casey led all on the field today scoring five goals and notching an assists for six points. Brittany Philip and Brittany Barnwell each tallied two goals. Kristi Kemp collected Queens' other goal, while also scooping up five ground balls and three draw controls. Chelsea Lancashire and Danielle Horoschak each spent time in the net stopping a combined total of 15 shots.

Megan Patton led the Crusaders with four goals, while Katy Connery and Laura Down notched three and two, respectively. Patton also totaled six draw controls as Gina Colella collected five. Tory Morgan played in goal notching 11 saves, five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

After notching back-to-back points around the 20 minute mark, Queens held a 2-1 lead early in the first. The Crusaders responded with five unanswered goals to close the half with a 6-2 lead.

Queens' Casey came out in the second with an aggressive attack putting three in the back of the net closing Belmont Abbey's lead to one, 6-5. Patton would score the Crusaders' first goal of the second at 23:26 and Emily Hudgins would follow with one of her own increasing their lead back out to three, 8-5, before Barnwell responded with two in a row bringing Queens to within one again, 8-7, with 16:16 on the clock.

Feeling the Royals on their backs with a 9-8 lead at 10:51, the Crusaders found two in a row increasing their lead to three, 11-8. Queens would not get any closer than two for the remainder of play as Belmont Abbey took the win advancing to face No. 4 Limestone.

Both teams took 29 shots and totaled 23 ground balls each.

In game one of the day Limestone had an impressive day offensively scoring 20 goals on 32 shots. Racquel Prager led the Saints with six goals, while Sam McCarrick scored four. Shannon Bonnel, Sarah Daly and Liz Melesh each scored two goals in the game.

Tomorrow's championship game will be played at 1:00 p.m. at the Queens Sports Complex.

2012-04-21



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