Bethlehem, Pa. – On a cold night in Bethlehem, the Columbia lacrosse team took on Lehigh in its first overtime game of the season. Despite a game-high five goals by Taylor Quinn, the Lions were edged by the Mountain Hawks in the 1:40 minute of overtime, 11-10.
In an exhilarating match from start to finish, Quinn had a phenomenal day. To go along with five goals she added a game-high six draw controls to set a new program record with 169 career draw controls. Quinn surpassed the previous record of 163 held by Taylor Gattinella ‘12CC and and her mark ranks fourth most in Ivy League history.
Quinn got off to fast start with a score opening score in under the first minute of play. The senior found the back of the net to mark her 100th career goal. She quickly followed with her second score at 26:09 from the nation’s assist leader Victoria Kalamaras. Lehigh responded with three unanswered scores of their own to take a 3-2 lead at 19:05.
Lindsey Ewertsen briefly ended the Lions scoring drought with a tough score at 15:06 to tie the game at 3-3, however the Mountain Hawks put together another three-goal run to take its largest lead of the half at 6-3 with 8:43 remaining. The Lions closed the period strong behind a free-position goal by Laine Parsons and another pair of scores by Quinn to tie the game at 6-6 at the break. Two of Quinn’s four goals in the half came in the final minute, including a show of pure determination with a score to beat the clock with one second left.
Lehigh scored a pair of early goals to begin the second half to take a quick 8-6 lead. The Lions responded with a three-goal run led by Parsons. Two goals by Parsons completed her hat trick on the day and marked her 20th goal of the season. Kalamaras fired in her first goal at 15:36 to give the Lions a 9-8 lead.
For the third time, Lehigh posted a three-goal run to regain the lead at 11-8 with 3:18 remaining. The Lions responded with a clutch goal Quinn at 2:10 with her fifth goal of the night. In the final minute, Ewertsen made an aggressive to move earning the free-position shot and with 34 seconds remaining the sophomore found the back of the net to tie the game at 11-11 for the Lions first overtime match of the season. In sudden death overtime, it was Lehigh’s Julianne D’Prazio who would score the game-winner to drop the Lions.
11 saves highlighted Kelsey Gedin’s performance in goal for the Lions which moves her into third on Columbia’s all-time saves list with 335 career saves. Gedin surpasses Jane Gombos ‘99CC total of 332 saves.
Up next, Columbia (5-3) will cap its road swing on Saturday, March 25 at 1 p.m. with a return to Ivy League play to face Harvard.