FLUSHING, N.Y. – Facing a three-goal deficit early in the second half, the Queens College women's lacrosse team stormed back to force overtime before falling, 6-5, to Caldwell University in the extra frame in the Knights' home opener on Wednesday afternoon.
Queens opened with a 2-0 lead, but Caldwell rallied back with five straight goals, as the Knights trailed, 5-2, with 26:45 to go in the second half. Queens then tallied three goals in the final 25 minutes of play to force overtime.
Junior Nicole Moniello opened things up with a quick goal just 39 seconds in to give Queens a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Patriece Ausili followed that up with a goal of her own off of Moniello's feed to put the Knights ahead, 2-0, 5:42 into the opening half.
Caldwell fired off five goals in a row to claim the lead, however. Arden Kassaleh scored back-to-back goals to tie it up at two, and Pamela Schenck found the back of the net with 2:54 left in the first half to give Caldwell a 3-2 halftime lead. The Cougars quickly added two more to open up the second half, as the Knights faced an uphill climb, down by three.
Senior Alyssa Walker started the comeback with a goal 5:08 into the half off an assist by sophomore Lauren Gentile, cutting the deficit to two. Just under seven minutes later, Gentile found fellow sophomore Margaret Iavarone, who tallied a goal to bring the Knights within one at 5-4. With time winding down, Moniello came through with a big goal on a pass from Ausili with 2:02 left on the clock to tie the game at five apiece.
In overtime, Kassaleh finished off a hat trick by scoring the game-winner on a free position shot 2:22 into the extra frame, giving the Cougars a 6-5 win.
Moniello scored twice and added an assist to lead Queens. Ausili tallied a goal and an assist, while Gentile added two assists. Senior goalie Basma Attieh made nine saves for the Knights.
Queens (0-2) will return to the field on Friday, March 10, for a 6 p.m. contest at Pace University.