NEW YORK - Columbia lacrosse is days away from opening the the 2017 season led by head coach Andrea Cofrin at the helm in her second year.
LOOK BACK 2016: Columbia capped its inaugural year under coach Cofrin in impressive fashion with a 6-9 overall record, the most wins since the 2010 season.
The Lions high-powered offense performed at an all-time best, highlighted by having two players with 30+ goals and five with 20+ goals for the first time since 2007. 51 assists on the year marked the highest season total since 2011 (54) and the sixth most in program history.
"I'm really pleased with the progress we've made this season," said head coach Andrea Cofrin.
"I'm grateful for all the hard work and time our senior class put into this program and I'm extremely excited about the foundation we've built for the future."
Take a look a below at some the key highlights and takeaways of the 2016 campaign.
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KEY RETURNERS: The Lions return 18 players from last season, including All-Ivy League honorees Lindsey Ewertsen, Taylor Quinn and and Victoria Kalamaras.
Ewertsen became the first rookie in program history to earn first-team honors for the Lions after an explosive season. The All-IWLCA Rookie team selection led a high-powered Lions offense, that finished second in the Ancient Eight in scoring, with a team-high 32 goals combined with eight assists for 40 points in her Columbia debut. Ewertsen’s 32 goals ranks second most by a rookie in program history. The New Jersey native was a model of aggression on the field, collecting a team-high 50 draw controls, the second-most in the Ivy League. She also adds an impressive number of 20 caused turnovers and the second-highest total of ground balls in the Ivy League with 36, only trailing her veteran teammate Quinn, who lead the league for the second-straight year with 42.
Quinn added a stellar junior campaign to her already impressive career. Along with once again leading the Ivy with 42 groundballs, Quinn’s all-around effort of 31 points (26g, 5a), 38 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers helped propel the Lions to its best overall record since 2010. Her current career total of 129 ground balls ranks third on Columbia’s all-time list, while her career total of 141 draw controls ranks second.
Kalamaras put together a historic season in her sophomore campaign, as she lead Columbia in scoring with 44 points. With 24 goals and a team-high 20 assists, Kalamaras became the third player in program history to tally 20+ in both categories in a season (Kacie Johnson, 2011-12 & Marisa Marcellino, 2006-07). She is also one of two players to reach this benchmark in the Ivy League this year. As one of the Lions marquee playmakers, Kalamaras’s 20 assists ranks fourth best on Columbia’s single-season list.
An offensive force, elevated her performance to even greater heights last season. Starting in all 15 games, Ruzzi led the Lions with a team-high 32 goals, doubling the total from her sophomore year, which ranked in the Ivy League's top-five. She posted hat tricks in five games that all resulted in Columbia victories.
Teague is a coming off a breakout junior season in 2016, tallying career-high marks across the board. She made nine starts in 11 games played, and emerged as a dangerous offensive threat for the Lions. Teague finished the year with a career-high seven goals, five assists, eight ground balls, five draw controls and two caused turnovers.
NEW TALENT: "I am really excited to have this group of eight join our team this fall," said Andrea Cofrin, Head Coach of Lacrosse.
"This is a very impressive class academically and athletically as we bring in four All-Americans and three Academic All-American and all leading their team as seniors. This group knows how to win."
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THE 2017 CAMPAIGN: Columbia will trek to Drexel on Sunday, Feb. 19 to kick-off the season in a 12 p.m. contest. The Lions will host seven opponents at Robert K. Kraft Field, including three tri-state opponents and an exciting Ivy league slate. On Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., Columbia will take on Farifield in their home opener, followed by a the Ivy League home opener on Sunday, March 5 against Dartmouth at 1 p.m.