FLUSHING, N.Y. – In sunny and windy conditions, sophomore Lauren Gentile led from the front with four goals and an assist, but the Queens College women's lacrosse team fell, 17-7, to the Lions of Molloy College in East Coast Conference (ECC) action Saturday afternoon.
The Knights played from behind for the majority of the game and found themselves down, 2-0, with just under four minutes gone in the game. Gentile got the Knights on the board, securing a free position shot that she successfully put away to bring the Knights within one at 2-1. The Lions answered back with a 2-0 run before Gentile struck again to cut the deficit down to two at 4-2 on another free position shot. The Knights then tallied another goal, as junior Nicole Moniello found freshman Lauren Hilke, who swiftly beat past her defender to collectively put away the ball, bringing the Knights within one (4-3) with 19:16 remaining in the first half.
Led by two quick goals from Sesselman Cooper, the Lions went on a 3-0 run before sophomore Patriece Ausili answered with back-to-back goals for the Knights, as a 7-3 deficit became 7-5. The Lions closed out the first half with three more goals, however, to take a 10-5 halftime lead.
Queens came out flat to start the second half, and the Knights' deficit continued to grow as Brianna Wilson added three more goals to her game-high seven goals on the day, increasing the lead to 13-5. The slow start in the second half doomed the Knights' attempt to comeback, as QC was unable to hold position despite forcing four turnovers and winning the ground balls (5-3) in the second half. The Lions outmatched the Knights in draw controls (7-1) to maintain their strength in the match.
Senior goalie Basma Attieh saved 18 shots on goal, facing 35 shots, while counterpart goalie Maddie Hurm saved six shots, facing 13 shots on goal. Queens was out-battled in ground balls (9-5) and draw controls (15-9). Gentile matched her career high with five points, while Ausili added two goals.
The Knights continue conference action on Wednesday, April 12, as they travel to Brookville, N.Y. to face No. 6 LIU Post at 4 p.m.