Queens Holds off American International

FLUSHING, N.Y. Meghan Monahan netted what wound up being the game-winning goal with 6:07 remaining, while sophomore goalie Kahli Evans made a save on the edge of the crease against Katie Carr in the closing seconds Saturday afternoon, as Queens (5-3) held on for a 15-14, non-conference game against visiting American International (4-6). The game was dedicated to Lax-4-Life, a campaign aimed at raising adolescent suicide awareness.

The game featured eight ties and five lead changes, with neither side going ahead by more than three goals. Queens, which went ahead for good when Heather Rosen's (4 g, 2 a, 10 dc, 3 ct) free-position shot bounced in off the post with 25:22 to go to give the Knights an 11-10 advantage, took the largest lead of the contest (14-11) when she fired home her 32nd goal of the season with 14:51 to go.

Brittany Flynn (4 g, 1 a, 4 dc) answered for the Yellow Jackets at the 14:13 mark, before teammate Jennifer Thomas (3 g on 3 for 3 shooting, 3 gb) completed her hat trick with 9:06 on the scoreboard to bring the visitors to within a 14-13 decision. Monahan's free-position tally with 6:07 left pushed the QC lead back to two, before Courtney Szawlowski (5 g, 1 a, 2 dc) cut the score to 15-14 on an unassisted tally with 4:16 remaining.

From that point, AIC twice gained possession in its defensive half of the field but was unable to clear the ball. Finally, the Yellow Jackets gained possession with 1:19 to go when Jimaine Titus stripped Monahan and drew a foul. AIC brought the ball out to run an offensive play on two free-position attempts, with Carr getting the ball to Evans' left on the crease with 12 seconds to go. However, the former's quick-stick attempt was stopped up high by the Australian keeper, and Queens ran out the clock to secure victory after a 12-day layoff.

The teams went into halftime tied at 8-8, with five ties and three lead changes taking place during the opening 30-minute stanza.

Evans made seven of her 11 saves in the second half for Queens, while Sarah Boucher fired home four goals. Melissa Montreuil had a four-point outing on two goals and two assists, while Monahan, Brittany Wooster (2 a, 4 gb), Cristal Sampson and Nicole Foy casued two turnovers apiece.

AIC starting goalie Nicole Sawula made six first-half saves on 19 shots-on-goal faced, before Gina Gallo made four stops on six shots on goal in the final 20:50 of the game. Lisa Duckles led all players with six ground balls and six caused turnovers for the Yellow Jackets.

Head coach Kerry Hausdorf's Queens side is back in action at home Monday afternoon (April 11), when it plays host to Wilmington University in a 3:30 p.m. opening draw.


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