Queens, N.Y. - The Queens College lacrosse team showed a lot of moxie on Saturday, coming from behind to eventually defeat St. Thomas Aquinas, 8-7, in an overtime thriller played in Flushing. With the win, the Knights improved to 2-0 in East Coast Conference play.
Things looked auspicious for QC early on as Tayler Martello (Carle Place, N.Y./Nassau C.C.) opened the scoring less than a minute into action on a rush from the right side. The Spartans responded, however, with a trio of markers to take a 3-1 lead just 10 minutes into the game. Sarah Boucher (Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside) brought Queens closer with a free position goal, cutting the deficit to 3-2. Two more STAC scores gave them a 5-2 lead when Martello took a pass from Melissa Montreuil (New Hyde Park, N.Y./New Hyde Park) and connected on her second goal of the game. The Spartans led at halftime 5-3.
The Knights rallied in the second half after a pair of Samantha Lowney goals sandwiched between a Heather Rosen (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) marker put STAC up by three, 7-4. Montreuil made it 7-5 when she scored off a nifty pass from Rosen. Martello found the back of the net for the third time in the game to bring the Knights within one, and Boucher tied the game to force overtime as she scored the equalizer late in the half.
The overtime period was divided into a pair of three minute halves and in the first overtime session, a familiar face made her presence known for Queens. Boucher got the ball with less than a minute left, went a run towards goal and beat the goalie to put the Knights ahead, 8-7, and to put the pressure back on the Spartans.
The draw control for the second overtime session would be key to determine possession, and it was won by the Knights as Kayla Mergl (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) picked up the loose ball that was being fought for and helped the Knights get possession. Queens held the ball for most of the half, but STAC got it back late and had one final go at the goal. With about 13 seconds left in the game, the Spartans let go a shot that was parried by Queens goalie, Kahli Evans (Adelaide, Australia/Blackwood) and the Knights held on for the victory.
The Queens College lacrosse team returns to the field on Tuesday, April 9, when they travel to Connecticut to face Southern Connecticut State. The opening draw is set for 7:00 PM.