No. 11 Royals Score Late Goal to Edge Marauders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Just two days after falling by one goal to No. 6 West Chester, Queens pulled out an 11-10 win over Millersville this evening at Dickson Field. The win improves the No. 11 Royals' record to 6-3 on the season, while the Marauders fall to 3-1 after taking their first loss of the season.

Trailing 10-9 with 6:09 to play, the Royals needed to score a pair of goals and hold off Millersville's offensive attack. They were able to get a stop when Brittany Larranaga caused a turnover on the Marauders' clear attempt. The Royals' Kelly Dowd then scored her fifth goal of the game at 5:13 to tie the game at 10-10.

With neither team finding the back of the net in the closing minutes, Queens head coach Julika Blankenship called a timeout with 1:09 on the clock to prepare her team for a win. Out of the break, Abigail Paulus turned the ball over with 27 seconds to play. The freshman attacker didn't hang her head though as she chased down Millersville's Hali Albert forcing her to turn the ball back over to the Royals. Queens then worked the ball around the wheel until Maggie masters found a cutting Larranaga who scored the game-winning goal at the horn.

After trailing 2-0 in the opening 10:27, Queens notched two goals to tie the game with 13:30 to play. The two teams then traded goals to tie the game once more at 3-3. A goal from Dowd with 3:30 in the first half would help Queens carry a 4-3 lead into the halftime break.

A 3-0 run in the second half put Millersville up 7-5 before Dowd found the back of the net at 15:58 to end Queens' nearly 12 minute scoring drought. Queens then found a pair of goals from Arika Zimmerman and Larranaga to tie the game for the fifth time of the day at 8-8. The Royals and the Marauders traded goals again until Larranaga's game-winner.

Queens outshot Millersville 27-21 and edged the Marauders in ground balls, 22-20. Both teams possessed 11 draw controls apiece after the Royals dominated 6-2 in the opening half.

Dowd led all on the field with a career-high five goals, while Larranaga finished with two. Paulus notched one goal and two assists. Dowd also led the Royals in draw controls and ground balls with four of each. Larranaga led in caused turnovers with four. Goalkeeper Danielle Horoschak earned her sixth win of the season in goal after totaling nine saves.

Brooke Fisher led Millersville with four goals, while Hannah Vogel added two. Fisher also totaled four draw controls and five ground balls. Goalkeeper Kaitlin Crouthamel took her first loss of the season after notching seven saves.

The Royals are on the road at Wingate on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.


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