Ready Nets Seven to Lead Queens Past Lees-McRae

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Sophomore attacker Jena Ready led Queens (6-8) to an 18-8 win over Lees-McRae (3-5) this evening at the Queens Sports Complex. The win advances Queens' league record to 3-1, while the Bobcats drop to 0-3 in Conference Carolinas.

Ready also notched two assists to total nine points and her seven goals tied Queens' record for the most goals scored in a single game. Brittany Barnwell notched four goals, while Brittany Larranaga tallied two goals, five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Arika Zimmerman and Allie Rhodes led the Royals in caused turnovers with five apiece. Zimmerman also notched six ground balls and six draw controls.

Ready put the first point on the board at 29:11 in the first on a feed from Zimmerman, and the Royals soon found themselves with a 4-0 lead. At 19:52, Jessica MacConnell scored the Bobcats' first goal on a free-position-shot.

They cut Queens' lead to three, 5-2, around the midway point of the half, but the Royals responded with a 3-0 push, expanding their lead to six, 8-2, with 10:37 to play. The Bobcats then outscored Queens 3-2 in the final 10 minutes of the period, cutting the Royals' lead to five, 10-5, at the break.

MacConnell of Lees-McRae would score the first goal of the second half before Ready heated up scoring three straight goals to shift the momentum back to Queens' side. Barnwell and Nicole Forgione would then follow with goals of their own to cap Queens' 5-0 run.

Holding a 15-7 lead with 20 minutes of action left, the Royals turned up their defensive pressure to hold off the Bobcats and coast to a home victory.

Queens outshot Lees-McRae 48-17 and won the battle for draw controls 19-9. The Royals also scooped up 42 ground balls to the Bobcats' 19.

Olivia Gudewich led Lees-McRae with five points on two goals and three assists, while MacConnell notched a hat trick.

The Royals are back at home on Saturday at noon against Belmont Abbey College for Senior Day.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jessica MacConnell (Cary, N.C.) scored three goals on four shots, and Olivia Gudewich (Frederick, Md.) added a game-high three assists to pace Lees-McRae on Tuesday evening, as Queens outscored the Bobcats by an 8-3 margin in the second half to hold on for an 18-8 victory in Conference Carolinas play.

Queens (6-8, 3-1 CC) held a 48-17 advantage in shots in the contest, including a 24-12 margin in the first half, while Lees-McRae (3-5, 0-3 CC) scooped up 19 ground balls and converted 18 clearing attempts. The Royals controlled 19 of 28 draws on the night, while converting 21 of 24 clears and recording 42 grounders.

MacConnell led the way for the Bobcats with three goals, as Gudewich added two tallies and a game-high three assists. Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.) chipped in a goal and an assist, while Jenah Tracy (Naples, Fla.) and Jessica Travers (Asheville, N.C.) each posted a tally. Nicole Dupont (Fort Myers, Fla.) recorded five ground balls, as Mia Emmerson (Orlando, Fla.) made 16 saves between the pipes.

Jena Ready paced the Royals with seven goals and two assists, while Brittany Barnwell and Brittany Larranaga added four and two strikes, respectively. Arika Zimmerman posted game-highs of six ground balls, six draw controls, and five forced turnovers, as Danielle Horoschak and Jordan Borrosh combined for four saves.

Queens jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before the Bobcats answered, cutting the advantage to 4-1 on MacConnell's first strike of the day at the 19:52 mark. Travers and Gudewich would each add a goal over the next 10 minutes, as the Bobcats closed out the first half strong with two late strikes, trimming the margin to 10-5 when Gudewich fed Tracy with 16 seconds left on the clock.

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