NEW YORK - Kacie Johnson posted a hat trick and two assists to lead the Columbia lacrosse team despite a 16-7 loss to Villanova on Wednesday, March 13. After being held to two goals in the first half, the Lions found their offense late with five scores in the second half.
Villanova's Jackie Froccaro had a five-point night scoring five goals in the first half while Maria Bowman and Jessica Mucci also tallied five-point games. The Lions saw offense from Katie Angulo, who scored two goals, and both Sarah Greenberg and Kate Murphy each added a score.
The teams traded goals in the first four minutes, with Froccaro getting Villanova on the board first at 27:35. Johnson scored for Columbia at 26:34 to tie the game at 1-1. The Wildcats went on an eight-goal run to take a 9-1 lead to take control of the first half. Angulo found the back of the net off the assist from Johnson in the closing seconds of the half to trim the Villanova lead to 9-2 at the break.
The second half began much like the first with teams trading goals as Johnson scored again for Columbia. Johnson also responded to another Wildcat goal at 25:49 to trim the deficit to 11-4. The Wildcats posted another scoring run with four unanswered goals to extend their lead to 14-4 midway through the second half.
Murphy scored for the Lions with 15:00 minutes remaining in the game and Columbia scored two late goals at the end of the game to fall to the Wildcats 16-7. Angulo scored off the pass from Paige Cuscovitch and Greenberg scored her first goal of the game with a little help from a Johnson pass.The 1-4 Columbia lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, March 16 when they travel to New Hampshire for an 11:30 a.m., game