FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 15, 2018) - Down 5-4 after the first half of play, the Queens College women's lacrosse team was outscored 10-4 in the second half as the Knights were defeated by Roberts Wesleyan on Sunday (Apr. 15) by a score of 15-8.
Queens (5-7, 1-4 ECC) scored the game's first goals as Patriece Ausili put home a feed from Nicole Moniello to give the Knights a 1-0 lead just three-and-a-half minutes into the first half. Roberts Wesleyan (8-6, 3-3 ECC) answered back four minutes later on a snipe by Taylor Nathan; the 1-1 game lasted throughout much of the first half, however, as blustery and cold conditions prevented either side from getting a good handle on the ball for much of the opening thirty minutes. The Redhawks scored twice in a span of thirty seconds to break the cold spell as Emily Tomei and Johannah Price both took feeds from Mackenzie Kidder to edge in front by a 3-1 margin with ten minutes left in the half. The Knights battled back with Sarah Koehler scoring twice and Ausili adding her second goal of the game (and 100th career marker) as QC finished the opening period down by a slim 5-4 margin.
As is tradition, the second half decided the outcome of the game and the Knights opened the final stanza of regulation with Koehler's third goal to knot the score at five-all. After three goals from the visitors, Margaret Iavarone and Koehler both tallied markers to bring Queens within one at 8-7 with 10:19 remaining to play. Roberts Wesleyan scored a goal thirteen seconds later and the floodgates unfortunately opened after that. The Redhawks ended up tallying seven of the final eight points on the board to comfortably cruise to the win.
Koehler's four goals led the way for the Knights as Ausili (two goals), Lauren Gentile (one goal, one assits) and Mary Pat Gibble (two assists) each accumulated two points in the effort. Nicole Cutrone added five ground balls while Rebecca Gibble scooped up four ground balls and won a team-high five draw controls. Gibble, Koehler and Melanie Kahn each caused two turnovers on defense and Jessica Serpe made 11 saves in cage for the Knights.
Queens will host LIU Post on Wednesday (Apr. 18) at QC Lacrosse Field with the opening draw set for 3:30 p.m.