Queens athletics brought home five trophies on April 19. Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams were named South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Regular Season Champions as well as SAC Tournament Champions. Alongside the two lacrosse teams is the women’s track and field team, which also claimed the SAC Tournament Champion title.The men’s lacrosse team defeated Lenoir-Rhyne University in a nail-biter Saturday, April 19, in the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championship. With the game tied 10-10 with two minutes left, senior attacker Matthew Michael stepped up to put the ball in the back of the net with 1:52 left on the clock. The final score was 11-10 Royals. Queens goalkeeper Eric Dolan completed the game with 18 saves, securing him the title of tournament MVP that was announced following the game. In addition to tournament MVP, the all-tournament team was announced following the game. Queens was represented on the all-tournament team by sophomore Garrett Chan, juniors Kenneth Stryker, Jimmy Chickerella and Eric Dolan as well as senior Matthew Michael. Both Queens and Lenoir-Rhyne were both named this years men’s lacrosse SAC Regular Season Champions with a tied conference record of 6-1.
The Royals women’s lacrosse team also defeated Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday for the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The Royals defeated the Bears 14-5 in the championship match. The Royals outshot the Bears 29-24 and won 27 out of 45 total ground balls. Leading the Royals offensively in the match was SAC Freshman of the Year Abigail Paulus with a hat trick and six assists. Paulus was awarded the title of tournament MVP following the game. After the Royals win, the all-tournament team was announced. Queens was represented on the all-tournament team by freshmen Akasha Kasper, Kelly Dowd and Abigail Paulus, juniors Danielle Hotoschak and Jena Ready as well as senior Brittany Barnwell. The Royals finished their conference season with a 6-0 record, securing them the SAC Women’s Lacrosse Regular Season Champion title.
The women’s track and field team also claimed the SAC tournament title on Saturday. The women totaled 208 points to stay ahead of Wingate, who trailed with 199 in second place. Throughout the competition, multiple school records were broken. Sophomore Mystique Ro took third in the 100-meter hurdles, setting a new school record in the preliminaries with a time of 15.12, helping her advance to the finals. Ro also broke the school record for 400-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:04.19. The women’s relay teams, in addition to their two first place finishes, are the new school record holders. Breaking the 4×100-meter relay record with a time of 47.74 was Queens relay team Sarai Hayes, Mystique Ro, Silja Muehlebach and Miranda Wood. Queens women’s 4×400-meter relay team with members Miranda Wood, Summer McFadden, Mystique Ro and Lydia Drakeford broke the school record in the event with a relay time of 4:01.80.
The men’s track and field team also competed in the inaugural Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships. The men’s side finished fourth in the tournament, totaling 122 points. Wingate University took home the men’s title with 231 points. The men’s side did however, also have a new school record breaker. Junior Johannes Riemann finished with a 14.44 time in the 110-meter hurdles, setting a new school record during his preliminary event. He also broke the school record in 400-meter hurdles with his time of 57.65 that he set in the preliminaries as well. Following the meet, Queens’ Alexander Puetsch was named SAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year.