NEW YORK – Six players found the back of the net for the Columbia lacrosse team en route to a 13-11 victory over Fairfield in their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Robert K Kraft Field. In a game with eight led changes, the Lions spread the wealth on offense to outduel the Stags with Laine Parsons and Taylor Quinn leading the scoring barrage with a pair of hat tricks, including an assist by Parsons. Victoria Kalamaras also tallied a game-high five points on two goals and three assists.
Columbia took an 8-7 lead at half behind a powering first half by Sara Ruzzi. Ruzzi netted contributed to the Lions opening three scores with two goals and an assist to Kalamaras. Parsons put away a pair of scores on free-position opportunities and Kalamaras directed two goals to Caroline Joy and to Lindsey Ewertsen for three assists in the period.
The Stags began the second-half with three unanswered goals to take a 10-8 lead at 24:19. Kalamaras snapped the Fairfield run with a score at 21:24 off the Parsons assist to bring the Lions within one, followed by a sensational goal by Taylor Quinn to tie the game at 14:46. Quinn caught fire in the final minutes of the period firing in three goals in the half to keep the Lions out in front. Along with Parson’s third score of the game Columbia moved ahead to drop the Stags 13-11.
The Columbia defense remained active all evening forcing 13 of 18 Fairfield turnovers. Kelsey Gedin also collected a game-high 11 saves in goal.
Up next, Columbia (1-1) will head to Buffalo to face Canisius on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.