Preview of 2012 Spring Sports

Softball

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Players to Watch

Outfielders Emily Poulton and Keeya Turner both are key players to watch for the upcoming season. Poulton made the 2011 all-conference second team with 1st/3rd base player  Kaitlyn Cheek. Turner leads the Royals with the highest batting average on the team and making the all-tournament 2011 team. Head coach Miranda Ervin has 16 players on the roster.

Big Rivalry Games

Lees-McRae College, Limestone College and Erskine College are the big rivalry games this season. The softball team advanced to the Conference Carolinas tournament and plan to make it back again this season. Royals softball will play both non-conference and conference games, with 11 different conference opponents.
Upcoming Games

Softball will start their season on the Feb. 4 but it will be an away game. The home opener will be on Feb. 8 against Carson Newman. All Royals softball games are played at Park Road Park, which is just past the Park Road and Fairview Road intersection.
Feb. 8 — Carson Newman College — 1 p.m.
Feb. 15 — Lenoir-Rhyne University — 1 p.m.
Feb. 21 — Wingate University — 1 p.m.
Feb. 29 — Mars Hill College — 2 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse

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Players to Watch

The men’s lacrosse team this year will have around 46-48 players on the roster, according to head coach Jim Fritz. Midfielder T.C. Whaley led the team in goals scored with 17 for  the 2011 season. The Royals ended the regular season second overall and made it to the Conference Carolinas tournament. “While we are young I like the energy and work ethic we are bringing this year,” said Fritz.

Goals for the Team

Fritz says the team wants to return the Conference Carolinas tournament, which they went to in the 2011 season. Winning the Conference Championship game is another goal Fritz mentioned. The men’s team would also like to make it to the NCAA playoffs and go to the final, adds Fritz. If the Royals place well in the conference tournament they will have an opportunity to go to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Big Rivalry Games

Since the Royals are in Conference Carolinas, they will have many strong opponents this season. Limestone and Belmont Abbey will be big rivalry games that will shape the conference tournament positions. Fritz says Mars Hill College, Saint Leo Univeristy and Florida Southern College are big non-conference games coming up. “With us every game has playoff implications, so they will all be big,” said Fritz.

Upcoming Schedule

The men’s lacrosse team will start their season on Feb. 18, with the home opener against Saint Leo University at the Queens Sports Complex.
Feb. 26 — Saint Leo University — 12 p.m.
March 5 — Rollins College — 4 p.m.
March 7 — Mars Hill College — 4 p.m.
March 16 — Florida Southern College — 7 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse

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Players to Watch

Brittany Philip led the team in scoring last season with 42 goals. Shannon Casey is another high-scoring player with 21 goals last season. Both Philip and Casey are seniors that will be starting this season. “This year we have a total of 28 players with 12 of them being freshman,” said head coach Meghan Dennehy.

Goals for the Team

The women’s lacrosse team has a lot to look forward to this season after being ranked high in the preseason polls for Conference Carolinas. “We have one of the best teams in the program’s history when it comes to talent and team chemistry,” said Dennehy. “Our goal is to make it to the conference finals and come home with the trophy and wherever we go beyond that would be wonderful and a huge accomplishment,” said Dennehy.

Big Rivalry Games

For conference play the women’s lacrosse team will face a variety of opponents across the Division II field. For Dennehy, Limestone, Pfeiffer,and Belmont Abbey are always big rivalry games and strong opponents. “We ended our season losing to them [Limestone] by two in the conference semi-final game, which has been the closest margin in Queens history, “ said Dennehy. The Lady Royals will also play non-conference opponents that are ranked high in Division II women’s lacrosse. Dennehy said. “Outside of our conference we play West Chester [University], Gannon [University], and Rollins [College], which are always in the top ten for Division II.”

Upcoming Schedule

Season starts with a home opener on the Feb. 15. All the women’s lacrosse home games will be played at the Queens Sports Complex.
Feb. 15 — Lenoir-Rhyne University — 6 p.m.
Feb. 22 — Belmont Abbey College — 7 p.m.
Feb. 28 — Gannon University — 6 p.m.
March 1 — Regis College — 7 p.m.

Men’s and Women Tennis

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Players to Watch

The Royals will be starting their new season with a total of nine players on the women’s team and 13 players on the men’s team. Elena Mileva and Christiaan Lee-Daigle are two of the senior members of the strong roster. Lee-Daigle won the three individual Conference Carolinas titles in the last three seasons.

Big Rivalry Games

Women’s and men’s tennis will play both non-conference and Conference Carolinas opponents this season. The men’s tennis team earned first place both during the regular season and the championship tournament. Women’s tennis advanced to the conference championship tournament last year and earned second place. Big rivalry matches include Limestone College and Mount Olive College for the men’s tennis team and Mount Olive College and Erskine College for the women’s team this season.

Upcoming Matches

The spring season for tennis will start with a home opener on the Feb 4. Due to construction improvements at Queens for the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation, all Queens tennis matches have been relocated to Freedom Park off of East Boulevard and Queens Road West.
Feb. 4 — Francis Marion University — 12 p.m.
Feb. 11 — Belmont Abbey College — 1 p.m.
Feb. 12 — Winston Salem State University — 1 p.m.
Feb. 17 — University of South Carolina – Aiken — 12 p.m.

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