Crusaders Drop Conference Match to Royals

Belmont Abbey was upended by the visiting Queens Royals 13-10 this afternoon in Conference Carolinas action at Alumni Field. Queens moves to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey slips to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Belmont Abbey scored three of the game's first five goals, but Queens grabbed the lead for good by scoring three goals in the last 1:48 of the second quarter to claim a lead it would never lose again.

The Royals continued their stride to open the second half, netting the first goal to move ahead 6-3, but the Crusaders battled back by scoring two-straight, getting goals from Caleb Holt and a man-up strike from Daniel Marshall to trim the deficit to 6-5.

Queens countered that with two unanswered to extend the advantage to 8-5, but the Abbey again closed the lead to one, as Dan Morrissey closed the third quarter with a goal and Scotty Steele opened the fourth with a marker to cut the lead to 8-7.

After that, however, the Royals put the game away by scoring the next four goals in a span of just 1:29, as their lead grew to 12-7. Marshall scored the next two for his fourth and fifth goals of the game to cut the lead to 12-9, but the Royals quickly added another to move ahead 13-9. Steele closed the scoring with 26 seconds left.

Queens outshot the Abbey 32-29 and won 15 of 27 face-offs. Evan Farkas led the Royals with four goals, while Casey Hock and Garrett Chan both added two to pace the Queens offense. Hock and Justin Kestler both had two assists.

Marshall's five goals led all players, and Steele added two. Morrissey, Holt and Vin Loscazlo had one goal each. Morrissey handed out four assists, while Connor Sellars had two.

Defensively, Connor Doyle and Devin Cruz both had three caused turnovers and Doyle's five ground balls was a team-high.

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BELMONT, N.C. Queens University of Charlotte defeated Belmont Abbey College, 13-10, on the road this afternoon, improving to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Crusaders drop to 6-2 on the year and 1-1 in Conference Carolinas with the loss.

Following a goal from Scotty Steele that brought the Crusaders within one, 8-7, the Royals would use a 4-0 push in the fourth quarter to pull away in today's closely contested game. Evan Farkas would net two goals during the spurt to total four in the game.

Queens trailed on three occassions in the game with the last time coming at the 5:50 mark in the second quarter when the Crusaders led 3-2. Queens would close the half scoring three in a row to head into the break with a 5-3 lead. Both teams notched three goals apiece in the third.

The Royals outshot the Crusaders 32-29 with Farkas leading the squad with eight. Also notching four points for Queens was Casey Hock who totaled two goals and two assists. Jimmy Chickerella, Kenneth Stryker and Justin Kestler each collected two points in the win. Stryker also won 11- of-19 face-offs and scooped up five ground balls. Patrick Murphy led on the defensive end with four caused turnovers.

Daniel Marshall and Dan Morrissey led the Crusaders with six and five points, respectively. Queens' Eric Dolan took the win in the cage after getting 10 stops.

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Dickson Field.


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