Queens Falls in Season Opener to Tampa

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens University of Charlotte will begin their 2014 campaign at 0-1 after falling to the University of Tampa, 15-11, in their season opener at Dickson Field.

Leading the Royals in goals today was midfielder Justin Kestler who totaled three. Garrett Chan, Jimmy Chickerella, and Evan Farkas each recorded two goals and an assist to match Kestler's three points. On the defensive end, Patrick Thomas led Queens with four caused turnovers. Eric Dolan totaled seven saves in the loss.

After Tampa's Jake Rooney got on the board first with 10:21 on the clock, Queens would score back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead with 7:46 to play in the first period. The Spartans then got hot scoring three straight goals in a matter of 15 seconds. Two of the goals came from Conor Whipple on feeds from Nick Ferreiro. Chickerella of Queens would answer at 4:21 to cut the Spartans' lead back down to one, 4-3, but Rooney would put his back ahead by two with a goal at 1:34. The score sat at 5-4 at the close of the quarter after Chan of Queens found the back of the net in the closing seconds.

Tampa increased their lead to five in the second quarter outscoring Queens 5-1 in the 15 minute period, and out of the halftime break, it seemed both teams turned up the defensive pressure with the period only seeing four goals.

With the score sitting at 13-6 heading into the fourth period, the Royals attempted their comeback beginning with a goal from Evan Farkas at 13:29. However, the quarter's next goal did not come until 5:09, and it was from Tampa's Kyle Hemrick, making the score 14-7. Queens would respond with two consecutive scores to cut the Spartans' lead to five, but time was on Tampa's side with only 1:50 remaining in regulation.

Tampa won the face-off battle today, 23-30, with Ferreiro winning 21. The Spartans also grabbed 25 ground balls to Queens' 18. Both teams totaled 39 shots.

Rooney led the Spartans with six points on five goals and one assist. Whipple finished with three goals. Andrew Failla totaled 12 saves in goal.

The Royals are back at Dickson Field on Tuesday, February 11 at 4:00 p.m.

2014-02-08



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