Royals Hand Bears First SAC Loss of the Season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens hosted Lenoir-Rhyne today at Dickson Field, winning 13-9 to give the Bears their first South Atlantic Conference loss of the season. Queens now sits at 7-4 on the season and 4-1 in the league, while the loss snaps the Bears' six game win streak and puts them at 7-3 on the season and 4-1 in the SAC.

Attackers Casey Hock and Matthew Michael led the Royals' offense with three goals apiece, while Garrett Chan added two goals and three assist. Justin Kestler also scored two goals. Face-off specialist Kenneth Stryker won 11 of 21 face-offs and totaled six ground balls. Patrick Murphy and Evan Farkas each tallied two caused turnovers.

Imari Davis of Lenoir-Rhyne would be the first to put the ball in the back of the net today, scoring a goal at 11:36 in the first period. The Bears lead was short lived though as Hock of Queens answered 58 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1. Two more Royals goals would follow giving Queens a 3-1 lead with 4:14 to play. A 2-1 push by the Bears in the final three minutes of the quarter would give the game a 4-3 score heading into the second period.

The Royals came alive in the second quarter outscoring the Bears 7-2 to take an 11-5 lead at the half. After two goals early in the period from Kestler and Hock, Lenoir-Rhyne was able to cut Queens' lead to one again with goals from Davis and Mike Hanlon. A behind the back goal by Murphy then sparked a 5-0 run for the Royals to close the half.

Queens was held scoreless in the third period after only taking six shots compared to their 15 in the second. Queens' defense did not back down in the period though holding the Bears to just two goals.

Queens would hold Lenoir-Rhyne to just two goals again in the fourth quarter, this time matching the Bears with two of their own to hold out for the 13-9 win.

The Royals outshot Lenoir-Rhyne 44-33 after holding a 30-15 shot advantage at the break. Queens also won the battle for ground balls 30-26. Eric Dolan finished the game with 16 saves in goal.

The Bears were led by Sam Ashton and Davis who each scored two goals. Aston also notched three assists to total five points on the day. Tyler Kotch added one goal and two assists. Alex Squires opened the game in goal getting three saves before Steven McGhee stepped in at the beginning of the second period. He totaled 10 saves.

Queens is back at home on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against Tusculum for Senior Day.


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