PHILADELPHIA - Senior Taylor Quinn had a phenomenal opening day on Sunday, Feb. 19 for the Columbia lacrosse team, including a game-high five points on four goals and an assist, two ground balls and two draw controls. However, after slow starts in both periods the Lions comeback charges fell short in Philadelphia as Drexel handed Columbia a 14-8 defeat.
In response to a game-opening Drexel goal, Taylor Quinn found the back of the net on an early free-position goal for the Lions first score of the season at the 26:09 mark. The Dragons found its offensive groove early rattling off seven-answered through 14 minutes of play to take a 8-1 through the midpoint of the first period.
Quinn snapped the Drexel run with her second score of the period at 8:47 off the Victoria Kalamaras assist. The Lions closed the half strong with two more goals, including an incredible display of speed byLindsey Ewertsen on a score at 4:28 and another assist for Kalamaras to Sara Ruzzi with two seconds remaining. Columbia trimmed the first-half deficit to trail 8-4 at the break.
The Dragons fired off another three-goal run to start the second half to take an 11-4 lead at 21:05. Once again, Quinn ended the Columbia drought with her third score on the free-position shot 19:20. Laine Parsons followed suit at 15:04 to bring the Lions within five goals. The Dragons kept the Lions at bay with a score two minutes later, but Sara Ruzzi found Quinn for her first assist at 10:06. Drexel outscored Columbia 2-1 to close the half to grab the 14-8 win, however not before Quinn picked up an assist with a goal by Kalamaras. Kalamaras capped the afternoon with three points on two assists and a score. Defensively, Kelsey Gedin the Lions in goal with a game-high seven saves.
With two groundballs, Quinn moved to second on Columbia’s career- all-time list with 131. Just one game into the season she has now surpassed Paige Custcovitch ‘14CC (130) and is moving in on leader Kate Lombard ‘07CC (151).
Up next, Columbia (0-1) will host Fairield on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. in its home opener at Robert K. Kraft Field.