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Fairfield, Conn. – Behind a spectalur seven point game on four goals and three assists by junior Victoria Kalamaras, the Columbia lacrosse team earned its first victory of the season with a 13-12 win over Farifield (1-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 21. In a tight game, the Lions made the right plays in clutch moments, including a save by Kelsey Gedin in the final minute, to emerge with a win on the road.
“Beginning of the game we struggled with winning the draw control which put us in a hole early. After making some personnel changes we started winning the possession battle allowing for more time on our offense end. Fallon Quinn and Devon Stuzin had an incredible game and fought hard to help us win possession.” – Andrea Cofrin, Head Coach
With a game-high three assists, Kalamaras tallied her 80th career assist to become just the third player in program history reach the mark. Joining Kacie Johnson ‘13CC (88 assists) and Marisa Marcellion ‘08CC (87 assists).
“We really looked to take advantage of their zone defense today by moving the ball quickly and seeing what they were giving us. It took us some time, but we had some great moments where we were able to see a lot of openings inside, as well as open up the space for our drivers.” – Victoria Kalamaras, JR • Attacker
A sensational first half by Kalamaras with two goals and two assists led a seven-score first period for the Lions. Kalamaras struck first with goal just inside the opening 30 seconds of play. She also feed both Fallon Quinn and Alexandria Absey for sgoals while putting in another of her own to power four consecutive scores for the Lions.
Despite trailing much of the half, Columbia closed the half strong by winning four out of six draw controls that led to scores from Absey, a first career-goal by first-year Devon Stuzin and a tying free-postion goal by Laine Parsons. The Lions battled back to tie the game at 7-7 into the break.
The aggression on controlling the draw continued to fuel the Lions in the second half boasting a 7-5 advantage led by a team-high five from Fallon Quinn . Once again, Columbia scoored on the opening draw as Kalmaras assisted Chelsea Witteck for her sole goal of the day. Lindsey Ewertsen put her first score on the board next, followed by back-to-back goals from Kalamaras as she continued a pheonmal afternoon. For the second consecutive game, Alex Absey tallied a hat trick as Ewertsen feed the first-year for her third goal at 10:49 and Ewertsen returned deliver the Lions 13th goal with less than four minutes remaining.
Goalkeepers Abby Roberts and Kelsey Gedin split time in goal for the Columbia defense, collecting a combined nine saves on the day. In the final minute, Kelsey Gedin made a clutch save to deny the Stags on a potential-game tying shot to seal the victory for the Lions.
Up next, Columbia (1-1) will host Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. in their home opener at Robert K. Kraft Field.