Queens wins longest NCAA game
Royals notch win with 18 seconds left in seventh overtime
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Queens (N.C.) took over the NCAA record for the longest game in lacrosse history this evening in a Conference Carolinas contest against Pfeiffer. The record was previously held by Virginia and Maryland after a game played on March 28, 2009, where the game-winning goal was scored in the first minute of the seventh overtime period.
Queens’ Corey Geroy muscled the ball past Falcons keeper Hayden Kirk with 18 seconds remaining in the seventh overtime period giving the Royals their seventh victory in a row. Queens (7-1, 3-0 CC) remains undefeated in the league while Pfeiffer drops to 3-1, 8-3 overall.
Under bad weather conditions, the Royals and the Falcons played a very evenly matched game. Queens took 45 shots to Pfeiffer’s 43, the Royals had 25 turnovers to Pfeiffer’s 26, and Queens’ Brandon Macknew had 21 saves to Kirk’s 19. Both teams scooped up 45 groundballs and won 8 of 16 face-offs. With the game this squarely matched on paper, there was bound to be overtime.
B.J. Leighton put the Royals on the board first with 2:06 on the clock in period one. His goal would be the only for the first stanza of play.
Pfeiffer’s Tim Keehammer tied the game up at one with the only goal of the second period.
Brian Rose put Queens back on top for a short period of time in the third before the Falcons answered tying the game up once again at two going in to the fourth.
The Falcons struck first in the final period of regulation scoring a goal with 6:59 on the clock. It appeared that Pfeiffer's lead would hold to the final horn until Jimmy Baker sneaked a ball past Kirk tying the game with 11-seconds left to play.
The players would endure seven intense overtime periods of play as spectators huddled under umbrellas before Geroy’s game winner ended it all with 18-seconds left on the clock.
This evenings game truly marked a battle of the keepers as both goalies made play after play after facing a combined total of 47 shots on goal.
Joe Taylor took all 16 face-offs for the Royals winning eight and scooping up seven groundballs.
Matthew Rabung dominated on the defensive end for Pfeiffer causing six turnovers and collecting nine groundballs.