Buffalo, N.Y. - After trailing 3-6 at the break, Columbia rallied a nine goal second-half powered by hat tricks from Sara Ruzzi and Lindsey Ewertsen for a 12-11 comeback victory over Canisius in Buffalo on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Lions sensational half propelled its second-consecutive win, as they improve to 2-1 for the best three-game start since the 2010 season.
While a slow first half put Columbia behind early, the Lions saw scores from three players, including the first score (25:55) by Taylor Quinn off the first career assist by rookie Regan Steed. First-year Fallon Quinn also tabbed her first assist on a goal by Caroline Joy (12;12), while Joy found Victoria Kalmaras for this final Columbia score of the half at 5:59.
The Lions struck on the opening possession of the second period as Sara Ruzzi found the back of the net. Through the next nine minuets of play, Ruzzi would out score the Griffs 3-1 on unassisted goals to cut the Lions deficit to 6-7 ay 20:18.
Columbia responded to another Canisius score with an onslaught of four unanswered goals to change the dynamic of the game. Kalamaras found Taylor Quinn for her second score at 18:26, Lindsey Ewertsen put in back-to-back scores with one assisted by Laine Parsons and Ruzzi fired in her fourth goal of the afternoon at 15:50 to give Columbia a 10-8 lead.
Ewertsen kept the Lions ahead by two scores with a responding-goal at 13:52, her third of the game, and an assist to Joy for her second score at 7:08. The Lions defense stepped-up big in the final seven minutes of the game to hold off the Griffs, including a game-high 11 saves from Kelsey Gedin, for the 12-11 win.
The aggression of the Lions was felt the entire game led by a game-high four draw controls by Regan Steed and a game-high five groundballs by Taylor Quinn. Scores by five different Columbia players and assist on five goals ggave Columbia its first road triumph of the season and second over a MAAC opponent.
Up next, the Lions will return home on Sunday, March 5 to take on Dartmouth at 1 p.m.