Queens vs. Mars Hill
April 10, 2010
The Game Story:
A late surge couldn’t save Senior Day for No. 7 Queens University of Charlotte as they fell to No. 7 Mars Hill, 9-8, Saturday afternoon at Queens Sports Complex. The loss, Queens’ third to a ranked team, drops the Royals to 8-3 while the Lions improve to 10-3.

Louie Boyle (Bel Air, Md., Bel Air) struck first to put the Royals up 1-0 at the 9:30 mark in the first quarter. That momentum didn’t last long, as the Lions would score three unanswered to close the quarter with a 3-1 lead.

Queens would quickly rally in the second quarter, tying the game at three apiece with goals from Boyle and Brian Masterson (Toledo, Ohio, St. John's Jesuit). Tim Burns struck at the 6:51 mark to put the Lions back ahead. With 32 seconds remaining in the half, Chris Cudmore was thrown in the box for slashing. The violation proved to be costly as Corey Geroy (Horseheads, N.Y., Horseheads) found Alex Warehime (Millersville, Md., Old Mill ) with three seconds remaining to tie the game 4-4 going into the half.

The Royals stormed out of the break and quickly took the lead on a Boyle-to-Masterson goal just 12 seconds into the third frame. Travis Speer (Newtown, Conn., Newtown) would add to the lead to make it a 6-4 game. With 5:41 remaining in the third, the Lions hit the switch and scored three unanswered goals in a 7:53 span to take a 7-6 lead early in the fourth. Boyle notched his third goal of the game to tie it at seven with under eight minutes remaining.

With time running down, Burns took control of game, registering two goals in 48 seconds to give the Lions a two-goal cushion with 1:34 left on the clock. Unfazed, the Royals’ B.J. Leighton (Apex, NC, Apex) charged down the field and scored his ninth goal of the season to bring Queens back within one. With seven seconds remaining, Queens called their final time out. As play started and the final seconds ticked off the clock, a stingy Lions defense forced a bad pass to seal the 9-8 victory.

Outshooting the Royals 33-23 (15-7 in the fourth quarter), the Lions were able to overcome nine penalties.

Credited with the loss, Brandon Macknew (Abington, Md., Bel Air) tallied seven of his 12 saves in the fourth quarter to keep the Royals close.

The Royals are back in action Thursday at 4:00 p.m. when they travel to Banner Elk to face conference foe Lees-McRae College.