Royals surge to 19-3 win over Bobcats

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Jeff White (Middle Township, N.J.) scored two goals to lead the way for the Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team on Wednesday afternoon, as Queens University of Charlotte outscored the Bobcats by a 7-1 margin in the first half en route to a 19-3 victory in Conference Carolinas play.

Queens (6-7, 3-0 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (0-12, 0-4 CC) by a 47-16 margin in the contest, including a 24-8 advantage in the first half, while winning 16-of-25 face-offs and converting 21-of-24 clearing attempts. The Royals recorded 38 ground balls, as the Bobcats converted 19 clears and scooped up 22 grounders.

White paced the Bobcats with two goals on four shots, scooping up three ground balls, as Jon Batsel (Raleigh, N.C.) added a strike and Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) tallied an assist. Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Nick Netting (Arlington, Va.) each posted a team-high four ground balls while Harrison made 12 saves for the Bobcats.

Casey Hock led the way for Queens with four goals and three assists, as Steve McKee, Jason Krogulski, Jimmy Baker, Austin Oswinkle, Garrett Chan, and Evan Farkas each added two strikes. Oswinkle, Chan and Tim Cloud dished out two assists each, while Eric Dolan and Nick Simonetti combined for nine saves between the pipes.

The Royals opened the first quarter with three goals before the Bobcats responded, cutting the advantage to 3-1 on White's first of the evening at the 4:29 mark. Queens answered with four goals in the second, taking a 7-1 lead into the intermission following Farkas' initial tally with 1:38 left on the clock.

Hock kicked off the second half with his third of the day, stretching the margin to 8-1 as the Royals tallied 10 goals in the period. The Bobcats battled hard in the fourth, equaling Queens' scoring efforts on strikes from Batsel and White to cap the day's scoring.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Sunday, April 7 when the Bobcats host Wheeling Jesuit University in non-conference play at 1 p.m. on Tate Field.

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