NEW YORK – In her final of 13 saves on the day, goalkeeper Kelsey Gedin made a clutch game-saving stop in the final seconds to give the Columbia lacrosse team a 15-14 victory over Yale in an Ivy League thriller at Robert K. Kraft Field. The Lions made history with the win, marking their first season with multiple Ivy League wins as they improve to 2-2 in conference play. At 7-5 overall, Columbia surpasses last year's six-win season and is the most since 2009.
The game began in record fashion as Victoria Kalamaras found Caroline Joy for the opening score at 29:20 to set a new Columbia single-season assists record at 33, surpassing Kacie Johnson '12CC previous record of 32 set in 2012.
In a game that saw six ties, the Lions never trailed. Taylor Quinn gave Columbia an early spark with four of her five goals of the game coming in the first half. The senior notched her 40th goal of the season on her fifth goal with nine minutes remaining in the game, to go along with a game-high seven draw controls and five ground balls.
Lindsey Ewertsen was the Lions' leading points scorer on the day behind four goals and two assists, combined with five ground balls and a game-high five caused turnovers. Just behind her was Laine Parsons with five points on two scores and a team-high three assists. Both found Kalamaras for her two goals of the afternoon, while Sara Ruzzi fired in a shot for a second half goal as well.
Yale’s Hope Hanley led all point scorers on the day with eight points on six assist and two goals. Most of Hanley’s connections found Madelei Gramigna who scored a game-high six goals.
However, the Lions' tenacity out front with a 19-12 edge in draw controls and season-high 11 caused turnovers mounted to a critical save by Gedin in the final seconds to give Columbia a 15-14 win.
Today's match was dedicated to the One Love Foundation. Founded in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, One Love works with young people across the country to raise awareness about the warning signs of abuse and activate communities to work to change the statistics around relationship violence.
Up next, the Lions will take on Penn in their home finals on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.