No. 12 Royals Tame the Bears to Improve to 5-2

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens (5-2) improved to 2-0 in South Atlantic Conference action today with a 15-9 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (4-2) at Dickson Field. The Bears drop to 2-1 in the league with the loss.

Attackers Jena Ready and Nicole Forgione led the Royals with four goals apiece, while Brittany Larranaga recorded a hat trick and Maggie Masters notched two goals. Larranaga also led the Royals in draw controls with seven, while her sister Bridgette Larranaga led in ground balls with four. Goalkeeper Danielle Horoschak took the win in goal after totaling three saves.

After beginning the game with two quick goals, the Royals found themselves leading L-R 5-1 with 20:36 left in the half. The Bears' Claire Wach would end Queens' 3-0 run with her second goal of the day at 19:10. L-R's Lauren Donovan then scored another one at 16:30 to bring the Bears within two, 5-3 of Queens.

Over the next 13 minutes, Queens outscored the Bears 5-1 with Ready notching the last two in the spurt. With Queens holding a 10-4 lead, the Bears were able to muster up two more goals before the break making the score 10-6 at the half.

Brittany Larranaga got the Royals going in the second with an unassisted goal 2:59 seconds into play. Aarika Kaester would follow with another goal for Queens less than two minutes later to give the Royals a six-goal lead. Before the Royals could really get on a roll though, Wach of the Bears broke up the short spurt once again scoring on a free-position-shot for L-R at 23:50.

Both teams were quiet on the offensive end over the next seven minutes, and then the Royals came alive again with three-straight to give them their largest lead of the game by the 11:52 mark, 15-7. Queens held the Bears to just two more goals in the final minutes of action.

Queens outshot L-R 31-17 and won the battle for ground balls, 22-16. Queens also dominated the draw control battle, 18-7.

L-R's Wach finished the game with six goals to lead all players on the field. She also notched an assist giving the sophomore seven points. Donovan recorded a hat trick and an assist.

The Royals are back at home at Dickson Field on Sunday against No. 6 West Chester University at 1:00 p.m.


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