Queens vs. Notre Dame De Namur
March 6, 2010
The Game Story:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- B.J. Leighton (Apex, NC, Apex) scored three goals in the Queens University of Charlotte men’s lacrosse 16-7 win over Notre Dame de Namur University Saturday afternoon at the Queens Sports Complex. The win extends the Royals streak to four games while improving their record to 4-1 (1-0 CC). The loss is NDNU’s second in row and drops the Argonauts to 2-3, bumping them below .500 for the first time this year.

With no score in the first 13:12 of the game, both teams looked committed to defense. With 1:48 remaining, a NDNU goal by Brandon Miller got the game – and the Royals offense moving. Queens would score three unanswered goals before the end of quarter, including two from Joe Taylor (Aurburn, N.Y., Auburn), to take a 3-1 lead into the second quarter.

Nike/Inside Lacrosse player of the week Brian Masterson (Toledo, Ohio, St. John's Jesuit) struck 50 seconds into the second quarter to extend it to four unanswered for the Royals. Queens’ run would end shortly after when Nick Peterson hit Conrad Clevlen to bring the Argonauts back within two at 4-2. Leighton and Corey Geroy (Horseheads, N.Y., Horseheads) would each add a goal to take the Royals into the break with a 6-3 lead.

The game that began a defensive battle turned into blowout when the Royals tallied six unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a 12-3 lead into the final stanza.

Louie Boyle (Bel Air, Md., Bel Air) and Alex Warehime (Millersville, Md., Old Mill ) added goals in the first 8:48 of fourth-quarter action to make it eight consecutive goals scored by the Royals. Drew Comeau found Greg Bearson with 4:25 remaining to end the onslaught. Shortly after, Queens Head Coach Jim Fritz would insert his underclassmen to finish out the game.

Outshooting the Argonauts, 43-32, proved to be the difference as nearly all statistics finished in a stalemate.

The Royals finished with three penalties for a total of 1:30, opposed to NDNU’s four penalties for 3:30 of time which was headlined by an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Brian Scherman with 3:55 remaining in the game.

Brandon Macknew (Abington, Md., Bel Air) stopped 12-of-15 shots faced to pick up his third win of the year. With the game in-hand, the Royals called on back-up netminder Rob Bacharach (Baltimore, Md., Dulaney) to close out the game. Bacharach stopped four-of-eight shots faced in 12:33 of action.

The Royals return to action in two weeks when they welcome Belmont Abbey to the Queens Sports Complex on Saturday, March 20th for a 2 p.m. conference match.