Big Second-Half By Vermont Hands Lacrosse Loss
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A late second-half run by Vermont gave the Columbia women's lacrosse team a deficit it couldn't recover from, as the Catamounts handed Columbia a 13-7 defeat on Saturday, March 16 in Burlington, Vt.

The Lions battled strong in a first half that saw two lead changes, two tied scores and three goals from Kacie Johnson. The Catamounts jumped on the board first with two quick scores in the opening five minutes of play.

Columbia found its poise around 19:13 in the first as Johnson scored her first of four goals in the game to put the Lions on the board. After another Vermont score to push their lead to 3-1, Columbia put together a string of three unanswered goals to take 4-3 lead at 5:07 remaining in the half.

The Columbia run began when Charlotte Cipoletti found Johnson for the score at 17:12. Kelly Buechel soon made the tying goal with a successful fre- position shot at 13:06 for a 3-3 score. The go-ahead goal came off the quick feed from Kate Murphy as Johnson once again found the back of the net. Vermont would end the first half with two unanswered goals as Columbia trailed 5-4 at the break.

Out of the locker room Vermont continued its offensive attack. The Catamounts scored five unanswered goals to begin the second period to take a 10-4 lead. Paige Cuscovitch stopped the run with a goal about midway through the half with a free-position score at 16:46.

Vermont responded with another run of three goals to take control of the game at 4:12. In the closing minute of the game, Johnson and Katie Angulo tallied two scores as the Lions fell 13-7 to drop to 1-5 on the season.

Up next, Columbia travels to face New Hampshire on Tuesday, March 19 at 2 p.m.