FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 11, 2018) - The Queens College women's lacrosse team held a 7-6 lead at halftime but were ultimately stifled in the second half and fell by a 15-10 score to Bridgeport on Wednesday (Apr. 11) at QC Lacrosse Field.
Queens (4-6, 0-3 ECC) scored four of the first five goals in the game's opening ten minutes of play to go up by a 4-1 margin over Bridgeport (5-6, 2-2 ECC). Nicole Moniello had a goal and two assists in that run with helpers to Lauren Gentile and Mary Pat Gibble as Sarah Koehler netted the other marker for QC. After a free-position goal by Barbara Orsini cut the lead to a 4-2 margin, the Knights mounted a charge to a 7-2 edge on markers by Moniello, Koehler and Patriece Ausili. The harbinger of things to come, however, was the final ten minutes of the first half; UB tallied the final four goals in the period as Queens was left clinging to a 7-6 lead.
The Purple Knights took their first lead of the game less than five minutes into the second half as Ariana Weingrad scored twice to put UB ahead by an 8-7 margin. The teams then traded the next six goals, with Ausili bagging two and Gentile collecting her second on a free-position to even the score at 10-all with thirteen minutes remaining in regulation. Bridgeport, however, would outshoot Queens by a 9-4 margin in the final thirteen minutes of play, winning five of the final six draws and turning that momentum into five unanswered goals with Orsini starting and ending the rally with tallies.
Ausili's three goals were the most on the team in the loss with Gibble tallying a squad-best five points (one goal, four assists). Moniello had a pair of goals and a pair of helpers as well while Koehler and Gentile added two goals apiece. Melissa Fumano collected four ground balls and two caused turnovers as Ausili had three ground balls and five draw control victories as well. Jessica Serpe made 12 saves in net for the Knights and scooped up a team-high six ground balls as well.
The Knights will look to rebound with a win on Saturday (Apr. 14) as Queens travels to Washington, D.C. to play the Firebirds of District of Columbia at 1 p.m.