March 3, 2014

Rangers Upset #8 Queens University 11-6

Charlotte, N.C.: Two days after a tough defeat at the hands of #11 Pfeiffer, the Rangers came back and dismantled #8 Queens University 11-6.  

Regis (1-2) had a decided 25-5 shot differential in the first half and jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the break.  Queens (3-2) scored the first goal of the game nearly four minutes into the matchup.  Regis responded with a free position goal by Emily Behr just 28 seconds later.  Nicole Forgione gave Queens a 2-1 lead 10 minutes into the match before the Ranger defense shutdown the Royals the rest of the half.

Maribel Gallegos got the scoring started for Regis when she put in a free position goal with 16:03 left in the first half to tie the score at two.  RU had six players score their seven goals in the first half with the final one coming from Behr with 2:36 left in the first half.

Regis didn't stop there; they scored the first three goals of the second half, one each by Emily Elkins, Erin Steiner and Gallegos to push the score to 10-2 just four minutes into the second half.  Queens would not go easily as they scored three in a row over 15 minutes to pull within 10-5 with 10:19 left in the game.

Neither team scored over the final 7:18 of the game and Regis was able to leave with their first win in the series between the two teams 11-6.

Gianna Lombardi was magnificent in goal allowing just the six goals, while making eight saves.  She also gobbled up three ground balls to lead the Rangers.  Elkins and Behr also each had three ground balls.  

Gallegos, Steiner, Behr and Elkins each tallied two goals, with Behr also earning two assists.  The Rangers again won the draw control battle 12-8, while causing 10 turnovers including a team-best two from Sierra Perrella.  RU ended up with a 13-shot differential, 34-21.

The Rangers have a few days off before playing fourth-ranked Limestone on Friday.