No. 14 Queens Tops Coker to Advance to SAC Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Queens lacrosse team defeated Coker 13-5 this afternoon to advance to the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

The Royals, seeded first heading into today's game, were led by SAC Player of the Year Garrett Chan who finished the game with four goals. Attacker Casey Hock recorded a hat trick and one assist in the win, while attacker Matthew Michael notched one goal and three assists. Midfielder Evan Farkas added one goal and an assist.

Hock got the Royals going in the opening period netting back-to-back goals to start a 3-0 run. The Cobras would notch their first point at 4:21 with a goal from Shane Wilson making the score 4-1 heading into the second.

Queens would shut the Cobras out in the second quarter while putting four balls in the back of the net to head into the locker room with a 7-1 lead. Chan scored twice in the period.

The Royals carried their run into the second half zipping four more into the net to increase their lead to 10, 11-1, with 6:29 on the clock. However, the Cobras responded this time finding some offense in the stick of Wilson again as the sophomore attacker scored two consecutive goals to bring his team within eight of the Royals, 11-3. Mike Martiello would score Coker's final goal of the period with three seconds on the clock.

The Royals stayed patient in their offense in the final quarter holding a comfortable lead. Goals from Justin Kestler and Chan gave Queens a 13-4 lead which held until Andy Campos of Coker put one in the net just before the horn sounded.

Queens outshot Coker 41-26 and won the battle for ground balls 32-20. Face-off specialist Kenneth Stryker dominated, winning 14 of 20.

Defensively, the Royals were led by Tim Cloud and Patrick Murphy who finished with five and two caused turnovers, respectively. Eric Dolan picked up the win in goal collecting 10 saves.

The Cobras were led by Wilson who finished the game with a hat trick. Martiello totaled three points on one goal and two assists, while Campos finished with a goal and an assist.

The Royals will return to Dickson Field to for the championship game Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. Coker suffered a 13-5 loss to the Queens Royals in the semifinals of the 2014 SAC Men's Lacrosse Championship on Thursday (Apr. 17).

Shane Wilson led the Coker offense with three points on a hat-trick, while Mike Martiello and Andy Campos each netted a goal apiece. Leading in the assist department was Martiello with two, Campos with one and Timothy Smith with one as well.

Defensively, Tim Ryan, John Elliott and Dylan Marks led the charge for the Navy and Yellow. Ryan made 12 saves on the afternoon, while Elliott picked up four ground balls and Marks caused three turnovers.

The Cobra offense would get off to a slow start, tallying only one goal in the first 30 minutes of action, while Queens would net seven goals to go into halftime up, 7-1. The Royals would score four unanswered goals to start the third period, but the Navy and Yellow would answer back with three unanswered goals of its own to close the period down 11-4. Queens would score two more goals and Coker would tally one to cement a final score of 13-5 in favor of the Royals.

Coker closes the season with a record of 6-8 overall, finishing fourth in the SAC standings with a record of 4-3 in league play.

2014-04-17



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