No. 5 Limestone Rallies in Q4 to Down Queens

CHARLOTTE, N.C. In the middle of Winter Storm Pax, Queens University of Charlotte (0-2) welcomed No. 5 Limestone College to Dickson Field for a non-conference game against the Saints. Not having pulled out a win over the Saints since the 2006 season, the Royals came ready to play keeping Limestone on their heels until late in the fourth quarter where a 4-0 run would allow the Saints to take home a 9-6 win over the Royals.

Junior attacker Casey Hock led the Royals in scoring with two goals. Senior Matthew Michael also recorded two points with a goal and an assist. Queens' other three goals were scored by Garrett Chan, Justin Kestler and Evan Farkas. On the defensive end Patrick Murphy was a terror recording six caused turnovers and seven ground balls.

The two teams took the entire 15 minutes in the opening quarter to get acquainted with playing in the snow. Neither team would see a point until the second period.

After Limestone's Mike Messenger got on the board first with 14:22 on the clock, the Royals were able to answer in the form of a goal from Hock at 13:03. It would be just under seven minutes before another goal would come and it would be from Limestone's Vinny Ricci off of a feed from Kyle Rhatigan. Once again the Royals had an answer, this time from Farkas at 5:01, to tie the game at 2-2. A goal from Michael with 46 seconds in the quarter gave Queens its first lead of the game, but it would be short lived as the Saints were able to put another one in the net with one second on the clock.

At the half, Limestone held the edge on shots, 15-13. They also won the face-off battle after winning 6 of 7 in the half.

The third quarter would begin sloppy on both ends with both teams committing turnovers left and right in the wet conditions. The first goal of the quarter would come from Kestler of Queens giving the Royals a 4-3 lead with 10:15 to play. Todd Nakasuji of Limestone would equalize the game for the fourth time with a goal at 8:30. The score remained 4-4 till the end of the third period.

After the Saints put the ball in the net early in the fourth, Queens' Chan tied the game at 5-5 with a score at 8:08. The Saints then went on a four-goal scoring spree with three goals coming over a span of a minute. With 1:30 to play, the Royals trailed Limestone, 9-5. Hock would score Queen's final goal of the game at 1:11, but the run by the Saints was just too much for the Royals to overcome.

Limestone outshot Queens 36-28 today and won 15 of 18 face-offs. Patrick Sheridan took the win in goal after collecting 10 saves. Queens' Eric Dolan finished the game with 18 saves.

Messenger, Ricci and Rhatigan of Limestone led their squad with two goals apiece. Rhatigan also dished out two assists to finish with four points.

Queens is back at Dickson Field on Saturday against No. 4 LIU Post.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After battling back-and-forth over the first three quarters, No. 5 Limestone (2-0, 0-0 CC) exploded for five fourth quarter goals, including three in 50 seconds, to post a 9-6 victory over Queens (0-2, 0-0 SAC) Tuesday, February 11. The entire game was played during the early effects of Winter Storm Pax, slowing down both team's offenses.

Sophomore attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.) led the Saints with four points on a pair of goals and two assists, along with two groundballs, while sophomore attack Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) and sophomore midfielder Mike Messenger (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) each had each two scores. Ricci also added a pair of caused turnovers and a groundball.

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