Royals Defeat Tusculum on Senior Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens's South Atlantic Conference record improved to 5-1 after the Royals collected a 14-5 Senior Day victory over Tusculum at Dickson Field. Queens now sits at 8-4 on the season, while the Pioneers remain winless in conference play at 0-6. They are 4-7 on the year.

Junior attacker Casey Hock led the Royals offense with three goals, while fellow junior attacker Evan Farkas added two. Senior attacker Matthew Michael totaled four points on one goal and three assist. Kenneth Stryker dominated today's face-off action winning 14 of 20 and totaling eight ground balls. Stryker also recorded a goal. Defender Patrick Thomas collected six ground balls.

After 5:41 went by without a score in the opening period, Queens reeled off four goals in a row to take a 4-0 lead with 2:54 on the clock. The Pioneers' Kellen Asmundson would put his team on the board at 2:21 with a goal, giving the game a 4-1 score heading into the second.

Once again the Royals got going after about five minutes of action with a goal from Michael. Goals from Hock and Stryker would follow at 8:26 and 8:21 to put the Royals ahead 7-1. They would hold their 7-1 lead into the halftime break.

Spencer Corkery got Queens going early in the third, putting the ball in the back of the net at 14:23 after receiving a pass from Michael behind the net. At 11:24, Hock found his second goal of the day sneaking up from behind the net to fire the ball past Tusculum keeper John Perrucci.

A goal from Tusculum's Ben Boyd would break up the 5-0 run that stretched into the third period from the second. Boyd's goal would come at 6:53. The two teams would each find the back of the net once more before heading into the fourth quarter.

The Royals dominated the final period of action outscoring the Pioneers 4-2. Tusculum's two goals came late in the final 5:14 of action.

Queens outshot the Pioneers 43-30 and dominated the ground ball battle, 40-25. Queens goalkeeper Eric Dolan took the win in goal after getting 11 saves in 45 minutes of play. Jake Newkirk played the final 15 minutes to total five saves.

Asmundson led the Pioneers with two goals today, while Jake Smith totaled four caused turnovers on the defensive end. Smith also led his team with six ground balls. Perucci took the loss in goal after recording 15 saves.

The Royals will close out the regular season on the road at Brevard College on April 12.

2014-04-05



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