Queens University of Charlotte junior golfer Mike Downey won his first individual title at the NCAA Division II level at the Anderson (S.C.) Invitational on Sept. 8-9.
Downey, a transfer from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Neb., bounced back from a 4-over-par 76 on the opening day to shoot a 6-under 66 and finish the two-day tournament at 2-under 142.
Downey, of Gloucester, England, finished three strokes ahead of teammate Jake McLaren and Erskine College’s Ford Blanchard in the individual standings. McLaren and Blanchard both shot 145.
Behind Downey and McLaren, the Royals finished second in the team standings, 11 strokes behind Erskine. Queens shot 600 (303-297) for the tournament, while Erskine finished at 589 (305-284).
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The Royals nearly had a sweep of the tournament’s individual titles, with women’s golfer Kylie Nizolek finishing second, two shots behind Erskine’s Rachel Moore.
Nizolek, a freshman, shot a 5-over 149 over the two rounds, while Moore finished at 3-over 147. Moore took the lead on the opening day with a 2-over 74, while Nizolek shot 3-over 76. Both posted final rounds of 1-over 73.
Nizolek led Queens’ women to a third-place finish, 10 shots behind Erskine, which shot 626 (317-309). Tennessee’s Lincoln Memorial University finished second at 633 (319-314), with the Royals close behind at 636 (324-312).
Other players scoring for Queens in the men’s tournament were Jordan Bilodeau (tied for 20th, 155), Alex Weare (tied for 25th, 159), and Jake Tilleczek (tied for 31st, 161).
Scoring for the Royals on the women’s side were Kadi Pallastrone (tied for 14th, 161), and Grace Glaze, Taylor Penzer and Iris Katla (all tied for 20th, 165).
Women’s lacrosse adds 6
Queens’ women’s lacrosse team has added six players to its 2014 roster, including three transfers from a national championship-winning junior college program.
The three transfers – Caitlin Cavallaro, Caity Hamilton and Gabby Farina – all played at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., which won back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association national championships.
Cavallaro was a goalkeeper for the Tribunes, twice earning All-American honors as Monroe went 35-0 over the past two seasons. Hamilton and Farina are both midfielders.
Also joining the Royals, who won the South Atlantic Conference’s regular-season and tournament championship last year, are three freshmen: defenders Audrey Chesser and Sarah Cliff and attacker Hannah Kearney.
Royals take D-II honors at UNCA Carnival
Queens’ men’s and women’s cross-country teams took top individual honors among NCAA Division II teams and posted top-six team finishes at the UNC Asheville Cross Country Carnival Sept. 20.
Royals sophomore Jimmy Hollingsworth finished fifth overall in the men’s 8-kilometer race with a time of 25 minutes, 25.65 seconds, to lead the D-II runners, while Queens senior Megan Wright finished eighth in 18:13.29 to do the same in the women’s 5-kilometer race.
Queens’ women finished third in the team standings behind Alabama and host team UNC Asheville, while the Royals’ men came in sixth behind Alabama, Western Carolina, UNC Asheville, Marshall (W.Va.) and Mercer (Ga.).
Other Queens finishers in the men’s 8K were Adrien Barral (22nd, 26:11.98), Alex Guillaume (45th, 27:37.43), Avery Cypress (49th, 27:54.13) and Jacob Heyerly (74th, 29:51.24).
In the women’s 5K, other Royals finishers were Sarah Bomkamp (12th, 18:54.09), Catie Byrd (14th, 18:58.53), Carissa Jenkins (52nd, 20:12.89), Summer McFadden (74th, 21:00.05) and Oh So Young (93rd, 23:09.53).
Bialkowski named to all-tourney team
Queens middle hitter Elizabeth Bialkowski was named to the Eckerd Classic’s all-tournament team after leading the Royals to a 2-2 record in the seven-team tournament held Sept. 12-13 in St. Augustine, Fla.
Bialkowski, a junior from Raleigh, finished with 34 kills, 10 aces and six blocks during Queens’ tournament run, which saw the Royals beat University of Mary (N.D.) and Daemen College (N.Y.), and lose to Florida Tech and Nova Southeastern (Fla.).