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Annapolis, Md. – First-year Alexandria Absey had a phenomenal opening day on Saturday, Feb. 17 for the Columbia lacrosse team, including a team-high five goals in her first collegiate game. She was joined by a hat trick of performances by Laine Parsons with three goals, along with Victoria Kalamaras and Lindsey Ewertsen in assists. However, after slow starts in both periods the Lions comeback charges fell short in Annapolis as#7 Navy handed Columbia a 21-10 defeat.
Navy found its offensive groove early rattling off six unanswered goals in the opening 10 minutes. Junior Laine Parsons ended the Navy run with the Lions first goal of the season at 20: 41 and Columbia responded to a 7-1 advantage by the Midshipmen with a three-goal flurry by the tandem of Alexandria Absey and Victoria Kalamaras.
Kalamaras assisted three consecutive goals by Absey in a two-minute span to cut the deficit to 7-4 at 12:56. Lindsey Ewertsen and Parsons responded to a pair of Navy goals with scores of their own to end the half to trail 9-6 at the break.
After an opening goal to start the second half, the Lions retaliated with back-to-back goals from Absey with Ewertsen on the assists to cut the deficit to 10-8. Navy rattled off eight-consecutive goals before first-year Chelsea Witteck found the back of the net for her first score off Ewertsen’s third assist of the day. Despite a goal from Laine Parsons in the final minute, her third of the game, the Midshipmen put up four more scores to close the game to hand the Lions a 21-10 defeat.
Making her first start in goal for the Lions was sophomore Abby Roberts netting a game-high nine saves. Adding to a score and three assists, Ewertsen also posted a game-high four caused turnovers.
“Despite our slow start in the first half I thought we fought hard as a unit to chip away at their quick 5-0 lead and played some of the best lacrosse to date, " said Andrea Cofrin, Head Coach of Columbia Lacrosse. “We struggled with winning the draw and that was the difference in the game, but still Alex Absey had an incredible college debut with 5 goals."
Up next, the Lions are on the road at Fairfield on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.