Princeton, N.J. – The 2017 campaign came to close on Saturday, April 19th for the Columbia lacrosse team as it took on #5 Princeton. Despite a 18-11 defeat in their season finale, the Lions afternoon capped a record-breaking 7-8 (2-5 Ivy) season.
Taylor Quinn capped a phenomenal career by setting three Columbia records in her final game. With six ground balls, Quinn set a new single-season record with 56, surpassing the previous record of 52 by Antoinette Allen in 1997, while also finishing with a program career record of 185 ground balls. With a team-high four draw controls she collected the second-most in a single season in program history with 53, adding to her career program record total of 194, the third most in Ivy League history. Two caused turnovers gave Quinn 29 on the season, the third most in program history, and 79 over her four-year career, good for second most on the all-time list.
Princeton jumped out to a sizeable lead scoring five-unanswered goals in the opening six minutes of play. However, the Lions outscored the Tigers 5-3 to close the half and trim the deficit to 8-5 at the break. Laine Parsons scored her 30th goal of the season to put Columbia on the board at 17:37 to halt the Princeton run. Victoria Kalamaras notched her 41st assist as she found Regan Steed who found the back of the net for her first career goal at 11:11. Scores by Lindsey Ewertsen (7:12) and Taylor Quinn (6:06) brought the Lions with in two points, while Sara Ruzzi tallied the fifth goal of the period.
Parsons gave Columbia a score in the first possession of the second half at 29:03 for the Lions sixth goal. Caroline Joy brought the Lions within a score as she finished off the assist from Kalamaras at 23:55. The Tigers responded with a flurry of five goals to extend the lead over the next six minutes.
Sara Ruzzi stopped the run with her second goal of the afternoon at 15:43, followed by a score from Victoria Kalamaras with an assist by Joy. Kalamaras's goal marked her 20th of the season to become the first player in program history to tally 20+ in both goals and assists in back-to-back seasons. She also finished the year setting a program single-season record with 42, besting the previous record of 32 set by Kacie Johnson ‘13CC in 2012.
At 7:27 Fallon Quinn scored on a free-position opportunity on the Lions 10th goal and Joy hit the back of the net at 6:15 on her 25th goal of the year. The Tigers outscored the Columbia 10-6 in the second period to hand the Lions a 11-18 season-finale loss.
GK Keley Gedin led the defense with a career game-high 14 saves on the afternoon. She capped her junior year with the third highest single-season total in program history with 154 saves for a a career total of 405 saves for third most on the all-time list.