|Goals by Period|
|Shots on Goal||8||8|
|Goals||de Paeuw & Burgoyne (1)||Doherty, Ruesterholz, & Bard (1)|
|Assists||Hannah Pike (1)||Ruesterholz, Bard, & Crane (1)|
|Shots||Ann Burgoyne (4)||Katie Ruesterholz (4)|
|Saves||Caitlin Bennett (3)||Kendall Kuntz (6)|
NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team held on for a 3-2 win over Fairfield Sunday afternoon. The Lions (3-3) saw strong offensive performances from Katie Ruesterholz and Rebecca Bard, who each posted a goal and assist.
Kendall Kuntz made six saves on the day to pick up her third victory in net.
Columbia struck first with a shot from Maeve Doherty that deflected off a defender's stick in the ninth minute. However, Fairfield evened it up in the 24th with a hard shot from Hannah Pike that beat goalkeeper Kuntz on the far side.
The Lions came roaring back in the closing minutes of the first half with goals from seniors Ruesterholz and Bard, her first of the season, just over a minute apart to take a 3-1 advantage into the locker room.
The Stags came out strong in the second half and pulled within a goal in the 67th minute on an unassisted goal by Ann Burgoyne. Columbia held strong defensively for the rest of the half with goalkeeper Kendall Kuntz making four second-half saves, including one within the closing minutes.
The Lions will open up Ivy League play at Brown on Saturday, September 24. Game time is set for 1 p.m.