NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team will head back on the road this weekend to take on Cornell on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Fairfield on Sunday, Sept. 29.
AT CORNELL (2-3, 0-1)
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 • 12 P.M.
ALL-TIME VS. CORNELL: 3-14
CURRENT STREAK: Columbia W2
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell is coming off a 4-3 defeat to Penn last Sunday, but picked up wins over St. Francis (Pa.) and Georgetown the previous weekend for its first two victories of the season.
Elly Plappert has three goals on the year, and Hannah Balleza is tied for the team lead in points with two goals and two helpers. Taylor Standiford has dished out three assists. In goal, Carolyn Horner has started all five games, posting a 2.48 GAA and a .684 save percentage.
AT FAIRFIELD (6-2)
Sunday, Sept. 29 • 1 p.m.
ALL-TIME VS. FAIRFIELD: 6-3
CURRENT STREAK: Columbia W4
SCOUTING THE STAGS
Fairfield has won three-straght after a pair of road wins at Sacred Heart and Siena last weekend. The Stags only losses have come to No. 3 Princeton and No. 4 Connecticut.
Fairfield is flanked by Julie DePaeuw, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, who has six tallies and an assist for 13 points. Close behind is Felicitas Heinen, checking in with 12 points (5G, 2A). Caitlin Bennett has played every minute in goal, registering a 1.97 GAA and a .746 save percentage. Bennett was also tabbed her conference’s defensive player of the week on Sept. 23
LAST TIME VS. CORNELL
Gabby Kozlowski and Bridget DeSandis provided a pair of first half goals, and despite outshooting the Big Red, 20-5, had to hang on for a 2-1 win. Cornell’s Brittany Thompson scored with just under 15 minutes to play and the Big Red hit a post and then was denied a goal by a huge defensive save by Katie DeSandis in the 67th minute. The solid play of goalkeeper Carolyn Horner kept Cornell in the game with 10 saves.
HERE COMES THE RUESTER
Forward Katie Ruesterholz posted two goals and an assist against Brown on Sept. 20, moving her team lead in points to 12 (5 G, 2A). She is on pace to break the first-year scoring record of seven goals, held by Julia Garrison ‘10CC set in 2007.
COLUMBIA IN IVY LEAGUE OPENERS
The Lions improved to 7-10 all-time in Ivy League debuts after a 4-1 victory over Brown on Sept. 20. Columbia has now won six-straight conference openers, all against the Bears.
BACK IN BLAKE
Midfielder Zoe Blake has found her scoring touch in her junior season, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist for five points on the year. Coming into 2013, Blake had just one career assist.
Junior Lauren Skudalski continues to show she’s one of the top defenders in the Ivy League. The co-captain made three defensive saves in two games last weekend, including two to keep Columbia in the game against No. 20 American.