Queens Nips Florida Tech on Murphy Goal in Overtime

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens's Patrick Murphy barreled his way down the field before firing home a shot that ended today's game with 3:28 on the clock in overtime. Murphy's teammates cleared the sideline in celebration as the Royals won 8-7 over Florida Tech at Dickson Field improving their record to 2-2 on the season. The Panthers fall to 1-2 with the loss.

After finding themselves down 5-1 with 6:08 to play in the second quarter of today's game, the Royals woke up going on a 5-0 run that stretched to the end of the third quarter. Queens scored three goals in the third quarter while holding the Panthers scoreless in the 15 minute period. Sophomore attacker Garrett Chan netted three goals during the run.

Leading 6-5 heading into the fourth and final quarter of regulation, Queens found themselves trailing the Panthers once again as Florida Tech found the back of the net twice to take a 7-6 advantage with 3:13 to play. The Royals weren't willing to go down without a fight though as Chan struck again with a goal at 1:06 to knot things up at 7-7. Evan Farkas earned the assist on the play.

The Panthers had a chance to score the game-winner before the end of regulation, but Queens' Eric Dolan came up with a huge save giving the Royals the chance to win the game in overtime.

The Royals outshot Florida Tech 45-34, but lost the battle for ground balls, 27-25. Queens also won the face-off battle with Kenneth Stryker winning 11 of 19.

Chan led Queens' offense with four goals, while Matthew Michael totaled three points on one goal and two assists. Casey Hock and Farkas each notched two points. In addition to scoring the game-winner, Murphy finished the game with four caused turnovers and five ground balls. Dolan collected seven saves in the win.

Charlie Morrisette, Nick Wynne and Brian Bacarella each scored two goals for Florida Tech. Andrew Conley also tallied two points with two assists. Jordan Hayes took the loss in goal after totaling 15 saves.

Queens is back in action on the road at Coker College on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. For the second consecutive game, the final minute of the fourth quarter proved to be crucial as Queens (2-2) scored a goal with 1:06 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 7-7 and force a overtime. With 3:28 remaining in overtime, the Royals' Patrick Murphy found the net as Florida Tech (1-2) fell to Queens in their inaugural meeting, 8-7.

A penalty called on the Panthers with 1:23 left in the fourth allowed the Royals to play a man up and Garrett Chan scored with 1:06 remaining to tie the game at 7-7. After allowing the opening goal, FIT scored five consecutive goals to take a 5-1 advantage in the second quarter. Heading into halftime with a 5-3 lead, Queens came out firing in the third quarter and scored three unanswered goals to give the Royals a 6-5 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Brian Bacarella scored his second goal of the afternoon in the opening minutes to tie the game at 6-6 and Nick Wynne followed with his second goal with 3:13 remaining to take a one-goal lead, 7-6. With the loss, the Panthers are now 1-2 on the year while goalie Jordan Hayes falls to 0-1. Hayes, who was making his Panther debut, registered 15 saves in the contest. Charlie Morrisette, Wynne and Bacarella recorded two goals apiece, Kevin McKernan scored his first goal of the season and Andrew Conley added two assists.

FIT begins a four-game home stand, beginning with its home opener on Saturday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m. against Wheeling Jesuit University.


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