NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s lacrosse team played its first game in nine days on Wednesday, April 9th as they hosted a hungry UMBC team. It was a tale of runs at Robert K. Kraft field with both teams having strong offensive pushes. Both teams saw scores from five different players, including a hat trick from Columbia first-year Taylor Quinn and career milestone moment from Paige Cuscovitch.
The Lions got off to a slow start in the first half falling to an early five-goal deficit. UMBC began the half with three unanswered goals through 14 minutes of play. Quinn ended the Columbia drought with her first goal at 15:15 as the Lions trailed 3-1. The Retrievers posted another three-goal run to end the half to take a 6-1 lead over Columbia at the break.
Quinn started the second-half with an early goal at 22:30 to once again end a Columbia scoring drought. UMBC retaliated with its third three-goal run to give the Lions its largest deficit of the game at 9-3, midway through the half.
At 14:36, a tough Columbia squad rose to the challenge and began an amazing scoring spree of its own. Kaitlin Brophy kicked-off the Lion’s run with her first goal. Quinn completed the hat trick a minute later at 13:36 and remained a force throughout the game picking up a game-high four draw controls and four ground balls.
Less than 30 seconds later, senior Paige Cuscovitch found the back of the net at 13:09. The score marked Cuscovitch’s 100th career goal and became the sixth Columbia player to reach the prestigious milestone. The captain followed with another score at 8:40, from a poised pass from Kate Murphy, to bring the Lions within three points at 9-6.
On the next possession, Ashley Rinere added a score at 8:19 to aid the Lion’s comeback push. Murphy brought the Lions within a point, with 6:40 remaining, as she found the back of the net for her only goal of the game. Columbia put together a run of six unanswered goals behind a 10-2 draw control edge to hold the Retrievers scoreless for over nine minutes.
UMBC ended its scoring drought at 6:16 as Alyssa Semones scored her game-high fourth goal to extend the Retriever’s lead. In the final minutes, the Retrievers went on to hold off the Lions to hand Columbia a 10-8 loss.
The Lions dropped to 3-6 on the season with the defeat, but will look to bounce back on Saturday, April 12 as they travel to Yale for a 1 p.m. game.