FLUSHING, N.Y. – Led by the sophomore duo of Patriece Ausili and Margaret Iavarone, the Queens College women's lacrosse team rolled to an 18-4 victory over the visiting Eagles of Post University in non-conference action Saturday afternoon. The Knights picked up their first win of the season, improving to 1-9, while the Eagles dropped to 1-10.
With barely two minutes gone by, Iavarone got the ball rolling for the Knights, as she swiftly beat past Eagles goalie Savannah Schwack (0-1) to put the Knights up 1-0. Ausili tallied her first goal of the day with an assist from Iavarone, as the Knights led 2-0 with 27:28 remaining in the first half.
Following a QC foul, Toni Deren answered for the Eagles to cut into the Knights lead, 2-1, with 20:25 remaining in the first half. Iavarone responded back with her second goal of the day to extend the lead to 3-1. Following a QC turnover, Aolani Hermosura got one back for the Eagles, as her shot beat past Knights senior goalie Basma Attieh to cut into the deficit, 3-2. Moments later, junior Nicole Moniello found a cutting Iavarone to extend the lead to 4-2 with 16:03 still left in the first half. From 13:50 to 11:17, the Knights ran away with the game, as QC went on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 10-2. Following a short scoring drought, QC closed the first half on a 4-0 run to effectively put the game out of reach from the Eagles, as the Knights led 14-2 at halftime.
In the second half, junior Mary Pat Gibble opened the scoring with her second goal of the day, as the Knights continued to build their lead, 15-2, with 28:28 left in the second half. After Gibble's quick goal, the scoring dropped, as the Eagles forced seven Knights turnovers while saving five shots. Hermosura and Stevens Leona added two goals for the Eagles, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Leading from the front, Ausili tallied her third four-goal game of the season, while securing seven draw controls, three ground balls and one assist on the day. Meanwhile teammate Iavarone tallied her first four-goal game of the season to go along with two assists to lead the Knights. Senior Alyssa Walker tallied her first four-goal effort of the season, while adding two draw controls. Sophomore Lauren Gentile racked up her second hat-trick of the season with three goals and two draw controls. Gibble tallied two goals on the day, while freshman Lauren Hilke tallied one goal to lead the Knights to their first win of the season. The Knights overpowered the Eagles on draw controls (18-4) and shots (34-7), while the Eagles held the advantage in groundballs (10-7).
With their newfound momentum, the Knights return to action on Wednesday, April 19, when they travel to Nyack, N.Y., to face the Warriors of Nyack College, scheduled for 3:30 p.m.