Goals by Period
Team 1 2 Total
Columbia 1 1 2
Cornell 0 1 1
Stat Comparison
Category Columbia Cornell
Shots 6 27
Shots on Goal 5 16
Saves 15 3
Penalty Corners 6 8
Defensive Saves 1 0

ITHACA, N.Y. – Goalkeeper Katie Dempsey made 14 saves and goals from Maeve Doherty and Meghan Fahey propelled the Columbia field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Cornell Saturday. The Lions move to 5-4 overall and 2-0 in Ivy League play.

For the game, the Big Red (5-3, 0-2) fired off 27 shots, but could only get one across in the 69th minute as Columbia held on for its fifth win in six games.

Doherty scored in her seventh consecutive game off a penalty corner 10 minutes into the contest. The goal was her eighth of the season, which leads the team and tied for the Ivy League lead. Michelle Thompson and Lindsay Ladas earned the assists on the insert and set.

From there, Cornell recorded 10 shots the remainder of the half, but Dempsey made six stops before halftime to keep the Lions in front.

Columbia tacked on an insurance goal in the 55th minute when Danielle Buttinger shielded off a pair of defenders down the right side and centered a pass to Meghan Fahey, who tapped it home for her first collegiate goal. Cornell continued to attack, but Dempsey turned away four more shots before the Big Red broke through in the closing moments.

Off a corner, the sophomore netminder stopped the initial drive and Thompson made a defensive save before Sam McILwrick picked up the loose ball to cut the deficit in half with 1:43 on the clock. With the Cornell net empty, Dempsey came up with a big save with seven seconds remaining, and the Big Red were awarded back-to-back corners as time expired. However, the Lions’ back line held strong and blocked a pair of shots and cleared the offensive zone to preserve the win.

Columbia will remain on the road to face off against No. 16 Princeton Friday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.