Offensive struggles in second half prove costly in loss to Queens

February 17, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
North Greenville42017
Stats at a GlanceQUNGU
Ground Balls1722
Draw Controls00
Free Position Attempts0-00-0
Extra Man Opportunities1-20-0
Stats LeadersQUNGU
GoalsMURPHY - 2
Hunter Burgett - 2
Alex Proly - 2
AssistsBARRY - 1
Austin Dixon - 1
Ethan Landreth - 1
Ground Balls BYRNE - 4
Logan Bryant - 9
Face-offs BYRNE - 4-10
Logan Bryant - 13-19
Saves HORNIK - 7
Braeden Dixon - 6
Offensive struggles in second half prove costly in loss to Queens
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Offensive struggles in second half prove costly in loss to Queens

Tigerville, S.C.-North Greenville's offense was slowed down by an aggressive Queens defense in the second half in an 8-7 loss to the Royals in non-conference lacrosse.

The Basics

  • Score: NGU - 7 / QU - 8
  • Records: NGU 2 - 1 / QU 1 - 1
  • Location: Tigerville, South Carolina (Pepsi Stadium)

How it Happened

  • Queens struck first, taking a North Greenville turnover the distance to make it 1 - 0 with 9:58 on the first quarter clock.
  • The Crusaders got a quick response from Logan Bryan who won the midfield faceoff and scored to even the tally at 1 - 1.
  • Chris Carpenter took a pass from Austin Dixon to the net to make it 2 - 1 while Blake Thomas made it a two-goal lead with an unassisted score at the 5:07 mark.
  • The Royals capitalized on a man-up opportunity to cut the lead to one point for North Greenville but the Crusaders once again answered as Hunter Burgett made it 4 - 2 with a goal leaving two seconds left in the quarter.
  • The Royals scored once more in the first half compared to two more goals for North Greenville to make it 6 - 3 at the half.
  • North Greenville's offense lacked production in the third period as the Royals evened the score at 6 - 6, holding the Crusaders scoreless.
  • Alex Proly broke the scoreless streak in the fourth quarter on a one-timer that made it 7-6 with 14:49 left in the contest.
  • The Royals proved too much, in the end, forcing seven turnovers for the Crusaders in the second half. Three of those turnovers occurred in the fourth quarter leading to a pair of unanswered scores for the Royals which put them over the top.
  • North Greenville earned the final possession of the game but was unable to get a shot off as the clock expired.

Inside the North Greenville Box Score

  • North Greenville outshot the Royals 36 - 25 with 20 of NGU's shots on net. The Royals had 14-shots on goal with Braden Dixon saving six of those shots for the Crusaders.
  • Logan Bryant finished the game 13 - 19 in face-offs with a team-high nine groundballs.
  • Hunter Burgett and Alex Proly led North Greenville on offense with a pair of goals each. Blake Thompson and Logan Bryant each had a score while Ethan Landreth and Austin Dixon had an assist.

Inside the Queens Box Score

  • Anthony Valenza got the win for the Royals in net, finishing with six saves in 30-minutes of action. Kyle Hornik had seven saves in the first half.
  • Most of the offensive production for Queens came from the bench which accounted for six of the team's eight goals.
  • David Byrne, Reed Murphy, and Quinn Tallant each had a pair of goals for the Royals. Kevin Barry and Justin Metzger scored a single goal for QU.

Next Time Out

  • The Crusaders will travel to Greeneville, Tennessee to take on Tusculum College at 2 pm on February 24th.