February 17, 2014

Queens (N.C.) Takes Down No. 6 Rollins

from staff reports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Queens University of Charlotte women's lacrosse team began its season Monday afternoon with a 15-10 upset win over No. 6 Rollins College at Dickson Field. It was just Queens' second win in seven tries against Rollins, which had not lost by more than on goal since the 2012 NCAA semifinal.

Junior attacker Jena Ready led Queens with five goals on nine shots. Brittany Larranaga, Brittany Barnwell, Maggie Masters and Abigail Paulus each scored two goals. Barnwell also recorded four draw controls, four caused turnovers, and two ground balls, while Larranaga notched three caused turnovers. Akasha Kasper and Kelly Dowd led with four ground balls each.

After holding a 2-1 lead with 23:38 on the clock, the Royals found themselves trailing Rollins 5-2 at 19:14 due to a 4-0 run by the Tars. A scored free-position-shot for Barnwell would allow the Royals to end Rollins' run, and another goal from Paulus would bring Queens to within one, 5-4, with 15:02 left to play in the half.

Queens came alive after the midway point of the half, outscoring the Tars 4-3 to head into the locker room tied 8-8 with Rollins.

Junior attacker Nicole Forgione immediately gave the Royals a 9-8 lead 24 seconds into the second half with an unassisted goal, but the Tars would equalize things once again not even three minutes later with a free-position-shot goal. At that point the Royals began to turn up the defensive pressure, trapping the Tars every chance they got. At the same time the home team would also get hot on the offensive end, scoring five goals in a row to take a 14-9 lead with 16:51 to play in the game.

Rollins' Amy Martin found the back of the net for her team with 12:47 to play, trying to get her team going, but that was the last goal that the Royals would allow the Tars to score as they went on to collect the victory.

Queens outshot Rollins 33-22 today but was edged 19-17 in the battle for ground balls. Danielle Horoschak took the win in goal after totaling seven saves. Rollins' Elyse De Lisle picked up the loss in goal for the Tars after getting 12 stops.

Queens is back at Dickson Field on Wednesday against No. 3 Limestone College at 4 p.m.


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