FLUSHING, N.Y. – Sophomore Patriece Ausili went off for a career-high six goals, including four in the second half, but the Queens College women's lacrosse team let an early lead slip away and came up just short at home in a 13-10 setback to Georgian Court University in a non-conference tilt on Thursday.
Queens jumped out to an early advantage, with Ausili leading the charge. Ausili scored the first goal of the game 2:25 in, and less than a minute later, classmate Margaret Iavarone found the back of the net. Then Queens took a 3-0 lead 3:55 into the opening half, as junior Mary Pat Gibble found Ausili for her second goal.
After over seven scoreless minutes of action, Georgian Court finally got on the board on a goal by Arianna Quinlan, which started a 5-0 run for the Lions. The Knights were kept quiet throughout the rest of the half, as the Lions took a 5-3 lead into halftime.
Xena Valenzuela scored on a free position shot to give Georgian Court a 6-3 lead with 22:53 remaining, but that's when Ausili caught fire. She scored three straight goals over just 1:26 to tie the game up at 6-6.
Georgian Court quickly answered, however, stretching the lead to 9-6 with 13:09 on the clock. Iavarone brought the Knights back within two on a man-up goal with 11:36 to go, but the Lions pushed the lead to four with two quick goals. Iavarone added another goal with 7:50 left to cut the deficit to just three at 11-8, but again Georgian Court answered, adding a pair of goals to essentially put the game out of reach, 13-8. Gibble found Ausili one more time with 1:31 on the clock, and senior Alyssa Walker added a last-minute goal before the clock hit zero, with the Lions taking a 13-10 win.
Ausili finished with three draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover to go with her six goals. Iavarone tallied four points on three goals and an assist, while senior goalie Basma Attieh made 17 saves on 30 shots. Gibble matched her career high with four assists, and Walker added a goal and an assist.
Queens (1-10) will return to East Coast Conference (ECC) action on Saturday, April 22, with a 12 p.m. home matchup against District of Columbia.