NEW YORK - In the first ever contest held inside the new Columbia Bubble at Baker Athletics Complex, the Columbia lacrosse team and #11 Cornell put on a down to the wire finish on Saturday, March 11. In a tale of two halves, the Big Red overcame an 8-5 deficit at the break by outscoring the Lions 9-3 in the second period to hold off the Columbia upset.
The Lions were off to a 2-0 start in the opening seven minutes behind goals from Taylor Quinn and Lindsey Ewertsen. Cornell responded with a three goal run to take 3-2 lead at 9:37, but Ewertsen followed with her second score of the half to tie the game at 3-3 at the 8:58 mark.
Cornell kept the pressure on with a pair of free-position scores in less than 30 seconds to push head 5-3 at 6:37, but the Lions roared back with its biggest run of the game to half.
After a goal by Caroline Joy on a quick assist by Victoria Kalamaras at 4:49, Columbia continued to put in 7 unanswered. Sara Ruzzi chipped in with a goal and also found Kalamaras for a score with a heads up pass. Ewertsen capitalized on the free-position shot at 2:07 for her third goal of the half and with one second remaining on the clock Quinn fired in a score off the assist by Kalamaras for an 8-5 lead over #11 Cornell at the break.
The battle heated up in the second period with the Lions holding on to an 11-8 lead midway through. Ruzzi scored the Lions first goal of the half, followed by two assist from Kalamaras to Joy and Laine Parsons.
The Big Red offense caught fire in the final minutes of the game scoring six unanswered. A game-high five goals by Cornell’s Catherine Ellis handed the Lions a 14-11 defeat. Despite the loss, the aggression of the Lions was evident led by Taylor Quinn. The senior captian collected a game-high eight draw controls, which moves her three shy of the program all-time record of 163, and nabbed five groundballs which moves her two shy of the program all-time record of 151.
Columbia's defense caused a game-high 11 turnovers, led by three from Kathryn Cavallo. In goal, Kelsey Gedin also made nine saves.
Up next, Columbia (3-2, 1-1 Ivy) will begin a four-game road swing with a tip to the west coast to face UC Davis on Thursday, March 16 at 5 p.m.(PT) and San Diego State on Saturday, March 18 at 3 p.m.(PT).