WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (Jan. 23, 2018) - The Queens College women's lacrosse team was selected to finish eighth in the nine-team East Coast Conference preseason poll on Tuesday (Jan. 23).
The Knights received 17 points in the preseason poll following a 3-12 overall record and a 1-7 mark in conference play last spring. QC won contests last season versus Post University, UDC and Nyack College; each of those opponents also appear on the Knights' 2018 season schedule. There is much to build on from last season, as the Knights scored ten or more goals in six contests including a four-game stretch between Apr. 15-25 in which Queens hit the double-digit plateau.
Head Coach Meaghan Smith, in her second season with the team, will see her top five point-getters come back for the Knights this season including team leader Patriece Ausili---who scored a team-high 34 goals---and top distributor Mary Pat Gibble (14 points, 16 assists). Also back for the Knights are Nicole Moniello (11 goals, 11 assists), Lauren Gentile (15 goals, six assists) and Margaret Iavarone (13 goals, five assists) on the offensive side of the ball.
For the 2018 schedule, the Knights will host eight contests in Flushing---with an even split of four home contests in March and April. The Knights open the year on the road at Felician University on Mar. 1 before hosting American International College on Mar. 6. The Knights then face four opponents from the CACC in a row---Caldwell, Post, Nyack, and Wilmington (Del.)---before facing Roberts Wesleyan on Mar. 24 in Flushing to open conference play. Match-ups at Molloy and Mercy close out the March circuit with a battle at Jefferson opening up April as the Knights travel to Philadelphia on Apr. 2. The Knights host Stonehill on Apr. 4 and play at Merrimack on Apr. 6 before closing the year with five straight ECC battles. Queens will face Bridgeport at home on Apr. 11 and head to UDC on Apr. 14 before hosting LIU Post on Apr. 18. The Knights then travel to St. Thomas Aquinas on Apr. 21 before wrapping up the regular season with a home contest versus NYIT on Apr. 25.
2018 ECC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
School Points Last Year's Record
1. LIU Post (5) 77 16-3 (8-0 ECC)
2. Mercy (3) 71 16-4 (6-2 ECC)
3. NYIT (1) 65 15-4 (7-1 ECC)
4. Molloy 55 10-5 (4-4 ECC)
5. Roberts Wesleyan 43 7-11 (4-4 ECC)
6. St. Thomas Aquinas 36 5-11 (3-5 ECC)
7. Bridgeport 31 9-6 (3-5 ECC)
8. Queens (N.Y.) 17 3-12 (1-7 ECC)
9. Dist. Columbia 10 1-11 (0-8 ECC)
( ) - first place votes