NEW CASTLE, Del. – Sophomore Patriece Ausili registered four goals, but the Queens College women's lacrosse team dropped a 14-10 decision in an offensive battle against the Wilmington University Wildcats in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon. The Knights fall to 0-3 on the young season, while the Wildcats improve to 2-5.
The Knights played from behind for the majority of the game and found themselves down, 2-0, with just under five minutes gone in the game. Queens' first shot attempt came by the hands of senior Melanie Kahn, but it sailed high, as Knights attempted to fight back. The Wildcats then put on a 3-0 run over 3:40 to take a 5-0 lead with 16:56 still left in the first half.
Following a Wilmington foul, sophomore Margaret Iavarone put Queens on the board with her second goal of the season on an assist from junior Mary Pat Gibble with 11:44 remaining in the first half. Then just 1:11 later, Gibble followed up her assist with a goal of her own, cutting the deficit to three at 5-2. Ausili then fired off back-to-back goals in the closing minutes of the first half, as the Knights went into halftime on a 4-0 run to pull within just one at 5-4.
The Wildcats scored two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half, however, to increase their lead back to three (7-4) with 25:30 remaining. Senior Alyssa Walker got Queens going with a goal 11:54 in, and after another Wildcat score, Gibble brought the Knights within two with 16:19 on the clock, 8-6. Wilmington then went on a 4-0 run over the next four minutes to extend the lead to six (12-6), its largest lead of the game.
Ausili refused to give up, as she registered her first hat trick of the season to bring the Knights within five (12-7) with 10:48 remaining. With time winding down, Kahn scored her first goal of the season to cut the lead down to four, and then Ausili cashed in on her fourth goal of the game to bring the Knights within three (12-9). Wilmington added another goal to go up by four before Gibble struck for Queens with 2:17 remaining, brining it back to a three-goal game. However, the Knights' comeback attempt would fall short, as the Wildcats scored again in the final two minutes en route to the victory.
Senior goalie Basma Attieh saved 10 shots, while counterpart goalie Maddie Hurm made seven saves. Wilimgton won the battle in ground balls (20-16) and draw controls (15-11). The Wildcats took advantage of their free position shots, converting 4-of-6 attempts, while the Knights came up empty on their five opportunities.
UP NEXT: The Knights return to action on Thursday, March 23, as they travel to Nyack, N.Y., to face the Warriors of Nyack College (0-5) at 3:30 p.m.