San Diego, Calif. – Behind a team-high four goals and record-setting day by Taylor Quinn, the Columbia lacrosse team defeated San Diego State 14-11 to complete the sweep on their two game west coast trip. Six Lions found the back of the net, including hat tricks by Quinn, Victoria Kalamaras and Laine Parsons. Kalamaras led with a game-high six points adding three assists.
To go along with four goals, Quinn collected two ground balls against the Aztecs to set a new career program record with 152. The senior surpassed the previous record of 151 set by Kate Lombard ’07CC. With a draw control on the day, she tied Taylor Gatinella ‘12CC career program record at 163.
Columbia got off to a slow start as the Aggies took a 4- lead through the opening 13 minutes. Laine Parsons scored her 15th goal of the season for the Lions first goal at 26:20 and Victoria Kalamaras ended the Lions drought with a score at 14:54. SDSU put in two more scores for Columbia’s largest deficit of the half at 13:18, trailing 6-2.
However, a monstrous close of the period by Columbia trimmed the deficit to one at the break. Lindsey Ewertsen assisted a Caroline Joy score at 10:06, followed by Taylor Quinn at 9:33 and Mariel Teague at 2:24 to cap a 3-0 run.
Kalamaras opened the second half with a Lions score within two minutes of play on her 10th goal this season. Columbia responded to an Aztec goal with scores by Quinn and Joy to take an 8-7 lead. After a tying score by SDSU at 18:30, Ewertsen scored her 15th goal of the season to maintain a 9-8 Columbia lead at 15:41 and the Lions outscored the Aztecs 3-2 in the remaining minutes for a 14-11 win. Parsons, Quinn and Kalamaras all scored in the final six minutes to cap another impressive offensive performance by the Lions.
Kelsey Gedin notched 13 saves to move solely in to fourth on Columbia’s all-time saves list with 324 career saves. Gedin surpasses Jessica Valadez (311) and is eight saves shy #3 Jane Gombos (332).
With three draw controls, Caroline Joy also moved in to fourth on Columbia’s all-time list with a career 107, surpassing Marisa Marcellino ‘08CC with 104.
Up next, Columbia (5-2) will continue its road swing on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at Lehigh.