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NEW YORK – On a rainy day at Robert K. Kraft Field, the Columbia lacrosse team hosted Lehigh in its season home opener on Saturday. With 12 seconds remaining in the game, Lehigh’s Sondra Dickey rebounded a sensational save by Kelsey Gedin and fired in the game-winning score for the Mountain Hawks handing the Lions their first home defeat of the season, 13-12.
Today also marked Columbia’s Breast Cancer Awareness game. Fans were encouraged to join the players in wearing pink to show support.
It was tight 60-minute battle that featured four ties and three lead changes. The Lions saw three players notch hat tricks led by a standout performance from Fallon Quinn. The sophomore midfielder scored five points on three goals and two assists, along with a game-high nine draw controls. First-year Alexandria Absey tallied her third-conseuctive hat trick in as many games with three goals and first-year Devon Stuzin had a four-point day behind three goals and an assist.
With two assists and a score for three points, pushing her career total to 143, senior Victoria Kalamaras surpassed Taylor Quinn ‘17CC on Columbia’s all-time career points a list with 141 for fifth-most in program history.
Columbia jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the opening 10 minutes of play, but the Mountain Hawks responded by scoring five of the next seven goals to close the half. Columbia led 7-5 at the break. Both teams traded goals for the majority of the second half as Lehigh was led by two four-goal performances from Sondra Dickey and Julianne D’Orazio. The Mountain Hawks scored the final goal to hand the Lions a 13-12 defeat.
Up next, the Lions return to Robert K. Kraft Field on Monday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. when they host Arizona State.