Charlotte, N.C. – North Greenville men’s lacrosse suffered its first defeat of the season on Saturday as the Queens Royals earned 16-7 win over the Crusaders in non-conference play.
The Royals gained a 5-1 edge over the Crusaders after one quarter of play. Ethan Landreth scored NGU’s only point of the opening period, taking advantage of a man-up scenario. The Landrith goal cut the Queen’s lead to 2-1 at the time with 5:03 left on the clock.
The lead would balloon to seven points as the Royals extended its cushion 8-1, placing three goals in the opening minutes of the second period. The Crusaders found a little rhythm on offense late in the second quarter. Blake Thompson scored his first of the game on an assist from Austin Dixon cut the Queens lead to 8-2.
Another goal from the Royals gave them a 9-2 edge with just over three minutes left in the half but back to back goals from Jake Foster in the final minute of made up some ground as NGU trailed 9-4 at intermission.
Goals from each team would be traded in the opening minutes of the third quarter, Alex Proly doing the honors for the Crusaders. Proly’s goal at the 13:10 mark marked North Greenville’s only score of the third period. The Royals took control of the game scoring six unanswered including one goal in the fourth to take a 16-5 lead.
The Crusaders piled on a pair of goals in the final minutes of the game as Hunter Burgett and Blake Thompson scored with help from Proly and Jake Foster. Foster and Blake Thompson led NGU with two goals each on Saturday. Austin Dixon and Proly had a goal and assist each.
NGU goalie Braeden Dixon 29-shots from the Royals during Saturday’s game, finishing with 13-saves on the day. Jake Foster led the team with three groundballs along with Seaver Bransfield who also had three. Zach Randolph led the team with three caused turnovers on defense.
The Crusaders will host Young Harris College on February 25th at 1pm.