Cambridge, Mass. – Ivy League play reignited for the Columbia lacrosse team on Saturday, March 25 as they took Harvard (6-2, 2-0 Ivy) to close a four-game road wing. The Lions battled strong in its first conference road test this season, but the Crimson held on for a 10-8 win.
A pair of goals by both Caroline Joy and Laine Parsons led a five goal opening period by the Lions. Lindsey Ewertsen found Joy in front of the net early at 26:13 for Columbia’s first score of the afternoon. Two free-position goals and an assist to Joy by Parsons amidst five scores by the Crimson kept the Lions close at 5-4. Taylor Quinn quickly flipped in goal at 5:41 to complete the assist by Victoria Kalamaras and tie the score at 5-5. However, Harvard knocked two goals to close the half to take a 7-5 lead at the break.
Two goals by Kalamaras in a span of two minutes sparked the Lions offense to start the second half. Joy and Ewertsen assisted on the pair of goals to tie the game at 7-7 at 22:22. Harvard’s Maria Romeo responded with two scores to regain the Crimson lead at 18:10 on her way to game-high four goals. However, Caroline Joy tallied a hat trick with a goal at 17:43 to keep the Lions within a point. Kalamaras picked her second assist of the game on the score by Joy and her 26th of the season, marking the second most single-season assists in program history.
For the remainder of the game, a scrappy defensive battle rose to the forefront for both teams. Kelsey Gedin led the Lions with a season-high 14 saves in goal and Taylor Quinn added a team-high four caused turnovers. Ewertsen’s speed and agreession showed with a game-high nine ground balls to go with three caused turnovers of her own.
However, 25 Columbia turnovers, with 18 caused by the Crimson defense, combined with a Harvard goal at 7:53 would give the Lions its second-consecutive loss at 10-8 to split their four-game road swing at 2-2.
Up next, Columbia (5-4, 1-2 Ivy) will host Wagner on Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. in its return to end the month.