Queens vs. Belmont Abbey
April 14, 2012
The Game Story:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Queens University of Charlotte men’s lacrosse team returned to the Queens Sports Complex this afternoon to take on Belmont Abbey College on Senior Day. Senior Corey Geroy (Horseheads, N.Y., Horseheads) showed up big putting five in the net to lead the Royals past the Crusaders 13-3. Queens’ record now sits at 3-2 in the league and 8-5 on the year, while the Crusaders not sit at 2-3 in conference play and 5-8 on the season.

Kevin Hornik (Chapel Hill, N.C., Chapel Hill) of Queens also showed up big recording a hat trick, while Matthew Michael (Easton, Pa., Easton) and Evan Farkas (Havre de Grace, Md., C. Milton Wright) scored two apiece. Michael also dished out two assists with Justin Kestler (Severna Park, Md., Chesapeake). Dillon Draper (Huntingtown, Md., The Calverton School) had a good day on the defensive end causing four turnovers and collecting four ground balls as Thomas Baugh (Cornelius, N.C., Christ School) and Stephen Palmateer (Montclair, Va., Forest Park) each scooped up five ground balls to lead Queens. Baugh also recorded four caused turnovers. Face off specialist Kenneth Stryker (Millersville, Md., Severna Park) won 14 of 19 faces.

Belmont Abbey had three different players, Dan Morrissey, Ryan Corrigan and Scotty Steele, score each of their goals.

After Farkas netted a goal at 9:35 for the first score of the game things died down a bit until Geroy put two in the back of the net with less than a minute to go in the quarter for a 3-0 score at horn. In the second, Farkas and Geroy each scored another as Belmont Abbey went scoreless in the first half. Queens led 5-0 at the break.

Belmont Abbey scored their first goal of the game at 10:46 in the third making the game 6-1 before Queens closed the period with three more for a 9-1 lead heading into the final 15 minutes.

Morrissey of the Crusaders would net the first of the fourth at 14:28, and Queens would follow with four in a row expanding the margin to 11, 13-2. Belmont Abbey’s Corrigan found a goal with 2:25 left in regulation giving the game a final score of 13-3.

The Royals outshot Belmont Abbey 36-28 and collected 37 ground balls to the Crusaders’ 19. Andrew Hyland (Newtown, Conn., Fairfield Prep) had a spectacular day in the net for Queens collecting 14 saves and the win. Taking the loss for Belmont Abbey was Brett Lawless who totaled five saves.

Queens is back in action on Friday in the semifinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.