NYACK, N.Y. – For the fourth straight game, sophomore Patriece Ausili recorded a hat trick, pouring in five goals to lead the Queens College women's lacrosse team to a 15-10 road victory at Nyack on Tuesday. It was the Knights' third win in their last four games and second in a row.
Queens improves to 3-10 overall on the season, while Nyack falls to 2-14.
The Knights faced a challenge early, falling behind 2-0 over the first 4:02. That was no issue for Queens, quickly getting on the board with goals by sophomore Margaret Iavarone and junior Nicole Moniello over 1:18 to tie the game. Four minutes later, freshman Aleah Abdellatif carried the momentum off her first career hat trick by scoring her fourth goal of the season, giving the Knights a 3-2 lead with 19:16 until halftime.
Nyack answered with a goal by Julianna Kranes on a free position shot to knot the score at 3-3. Junior Mary Pat Gibble then put the Knights back on top with 14:12 remaining in the half with a man-up goal on a feed from Iavarone. Ausili then extended the lead to 5-3 with her first goal of the game on a pass from Gibble. The two teams each traded a pair of goals before the break, as freshman Lauren Hilke scored on a free position shot and Ausili capped off the half with her second goal to give Queens a 7-5 halftime lead.
The Warriors came within one with a quick goal by Emily Sigmon to open the second half. Ausili pushed the lead back to two with a goal seven minutes later before sophomore Lauren Gentile scored with 15:48 to go, as Queens opened up a 9-6 lead. Nyack answered with two quick goals over the next two minutes to cut the lead to just one, but the Knights tallied three goals in 2:08, including back-to-back scores from Ausili, to take a four-goal lead, 12-8.
The lead was cut down to two with 7:22 on the clock, but again the Knights had an answer. Moniello found the back of the net before Gentile and senior Alyssa Walker capped off the scoring to provide the 15-10 final.
Reigning East Coast Conference (ECC) Defensive Player of the Week Basma Attieh made 11 saves on 21 shots for the Knights. Ausili added four draw controls, two caused turnovers and two ground balls to her five goal-performance. Gentile had two goals and two assists, while Moniello and Walker each tallied two goals apiece.
It'll be a quick turnaround for Queens, as the Knights will take on ECC leader NYIT (14-1, 6-0 ECC) on the road on Wednesday, April 26, at 4 p.m.