Queens Dominates Belmont Abbey on Senior Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens (7-8) picked up a 16-9 win over Belmont Abbey (5-7) this afternoon on Senior Day at Dickson Field. The Royals improve to 4-1 in the league, while the Crusaders drop to 2-2.

Jena Ready and Brittany Barnwell each notched four points to lead Queens' offense. Ready notched four goals, while Barnwell recorded two goals, two assists, and seven draw controls. Brittany Larranaga also contributed, recording a hat trick, and Maggie Masters scored two goals and dished out one assist. Melissa Boulbol also recorded three points with one goal and two assists. Queens' defense totaled 15 caused turnovers.

The Royals played an aggressive first half outshooting the Crusaders 23-10 to jump out to a 4-1 lead with 18:07 on the clock following a 3-0 run. Belmont Abbey would answer with a run of their own late in the half to tie the game up; forcing Queens head coach Meghan Dennehy to call a timeout. Queens' defense responded out of the break, increasing their pressure on the Crusaders and holding Belmont Abbey scoreless for the remainder of the half as Maggie Masters and Brittany Larranaga each found the back of the net in the final three minutes to give Queens a 6-4 lead at the half.

Queens carried their momentum into the second half scoring five straight goals in the opening eight minutes of action. With Queens holding an 11-4 lead, the Crusaders found the back of the net twice closing the gap to five, 11-6. Masters and Ready quickly responded putting the Royals back up seven with 14 minutes left in regulation. Queens would go on to score three more goals before the final horn sounded.

The Royals outshot Belmont Abbey 43-24 and dominated the battle for draw controls, 21-6. Danielle Horoschak took the win in the goal with nine saves.

Megan Patton led the Crusaders with five points after notching four goals and one assist. Katy Connery added two goals. Danielle Ruffalo took the loss in the cage after getting 12 stops.

The Royals will wrap up their regular season on the road beginning with a game at Converse College on April 10.

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Belmont Abbey suffered a 16-9 loss at Queens this afternoon at the Queens Sports Complex. The Royals improve to 7-8 overall and 4-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey slips to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in league play.

Queens outshot the Crusaders 43-24 and won 21 out of 27 draw controls.

Megan Patton led the Abbey with four goals, while Katy Connery added two. Lindsay Connolly, Ariel Walker and Reese Gassie all netted one. Patton and Elyse Mohn both totaled one assist.

Connery and Gina Colella both finished with two draw control wins and Colella's six ground balls led all players. The Crusaders caused nine turnovers as Colella, Molly Schaefer, Adilen Cruz and Lauren DiChiara all finished with two. Connolly had the other.

The Royals led 6-4 at the half and doubled up the Abbey 10-5 in the second half to win by seven. Danielle Ruffalo made 12 saves.


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