WATERBURY, Conn. (Mar. 10, 2018) - Sarah Koehler scored five goals and the Queens College women's lacrosse team received hat tricks from Lauren Gentile and Mary Pat Gibble in the Knights' 16-7 victory over Post University on Saturday at LaMoy Field in Waterbury, Conn.
Queens (2-1) jumped on the board early with goals in the first five minutes from Gentile and Patriece Ausili giving the Knights a 2-0 lead on Post (0-4). The hosts scratched a couple of goals out to climb within a score at 3-2 near the midway point of the opening half before Koehler bagged back-to-back snipes as QC led 5-2 with thirteen-and-a-half minutes left in the frame. The Eagles' Jaylene Souto cut the deficit to two goals a few minutes later but the Knights scored five of the next seven markers to run into halftime with a 10-5 lead. Koehler nabbed her third goal in the run with Gentile and Ausili scoring goals on extra-woman opportunities at the end of the half to give QC the five-goal lead.
Post scored to open the second half but with every Eagles goal, the Knights threw more firepower and fury at the opposing cage. Koehler, Gibble and Lauren Hilke ran off consecutive tallies to give QC a 13-6 lead with 13 minutes left in regulation until Toni Deren scored on a free position shot for the Eagles. The final nine minutes of the game belonged to the Knights with Koehler, Gibble and Nicole Moniello finding the back of the net to provide the ending margin in favor of Queens.
Koehler's five goals came on seven shots (six shots on goal) and the junior also tallied three ground balls in the win. Gentile littered the stat sheet with three goals on four shots, three ground balls and three draw controls. Ausili was dominant in the circle with 11 draw control wins and Rebecca Gibble had quite the day with two assists, two caused turnovers, three draw controls and seven ground balls for the Knights on defense. Freshman goalie Jessica Serpe made ten saves in net to earn her second career victory.
Queens is back in action on Thursday (Mar. 15) as the Knights return home to QC Lacrosse Field for a 3:30 p.m. showdown with the Warriors of Nyack College.