Davis, Calif. - In a game with seven ties and five lead changes, it was Laine Parsons who fired in a goal on a free-position shot with nine seconds remaining to give Columbia a 14-13 victory over UC Davis on Thursday, March 16. Parsons put together a big day with four goals, along with the game-winning score, and Victoria Kalamaras tallied a team-high five points on four assist and a goal.
The Lions scored a season-high 10 first-half goals for a sensational start. A quick 2-0 lead in the opening three minutes was sparked by scores from Laine Parsons and Caroline Joy, off the assist by Lindsey Ewertsen. The Aggies responded with a three-goal run of their own, however at 19:43 Ewertsen found Taylor Quinn cutting through the middle for a goal to tie the game a 3-3 to briefly halt the Aggie push.
Columbia matched a two-goal strike by UC Davis with Victoria Kalamaras gifting Joy with her second score of the half at 17:44. Ewertsen fired in her first goal of the day off the free positon, followed by Sara Ruzzi who gave the Lions a 6-5 lead midway through the period. A pair of Aggie goals marked the third lead change of the period, but the Lions would close the half with a 4-0 run to take a 10-7 lead at the break. Parsons tallied her second goal at 8:31, followed by a goal from Kalamaras just a minute later. Mariel Teague found the back of the net for first goal of the season at 6:15 and Kalamaras connected with Ewertsen in the final minute.
UC Davis struck first to start the second half as Taylor Cuenin scored her fourth goal. Kalamaras tallied her third assist of the afternoon on Taylor Quinn’s second goal at 24:36. The Aggies put together a quick 3-0 run in under a minute to tie the game at 11-11 at 19:17. The Lions answered the bell with a third goal by Laine Parsons at 18:25, her third hat trick of the season. Caroline Joy also tallied a hat trick on Kalamaras’s fourth assist at 12:03 to keep the Lions in front.
With two scores, the Aggies tied the game at 13-13 with 1:37 remaining in the game. A strong defensive stand on the next possession, capped by a clutch caused turnover by Taylor Quinn, gave the Lions a final opportunity for a game-winning score. Parsons took care of business on a free-position shot to give Columbia its fourth victory to improve to 4-2.
A season–high 12 saves by Kelsey Gedin highlighted the Columbia defense, along with a team-high three caused turnovers from Ewertsen. The sophomore also notched five draw controls and three ground balls. Gedin has now tallied a career 311 saves, tying Jessic Valvadez '02CC for fourth on Columbia's all-time list.
Up next, Columbia (4-2) will head to San Diego State on Saturday, March 18 to take on Aztecs at 6 p.m.