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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Field Hockey Squares Off With No. 11 Princeton, UMass-Lowell This Weekend

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 10/02/2013
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NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team will square off against No. 11 Princeton on the road on Friday, Oct. 4 before welcoming UMass-Lowell to the Baker Athletics Complex on Sunday, Oct. 6. Here is all the info on this weekend's matchups.

AT NO. 11 PRINCETON (5-3, 2-0)
FRIDAY, OCT. 4 • 6 P.M.

ALL-TIME VS. PRINCETON:
0-16
CURRENT STREAK:
Princeton W16

GAME VITALS
Live Video: Ivy League Digital Network (Subscription Required)
Live Stats: gocolumbialions.com

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
On the heels of a national championship, Princeton has begun 2013 with a 5-3 mark, facing four top-15 teams already this season. The Tigers have allowed just one goal in two Ivy League contests, and are outscoring their conference foes, 9-1.

Teresa Benvenuti leads the team with six goals and four assists for 16 points. Allison Evans is close behind with five goals and three helpers (13 pts.). Christina Maida and Anya Gersoff have split time in goal this season. Maida is 2-1 with a  1.62 GAA, while Gersoff has posted a 3-2 mark with a 1.65 GAA and a .720 save percentage.

VS. UMASS-LOWELL (1-8)
SUNDAY, OCT. 6 • 1 P.M.

ALL-TIME VS. UMASS-LOWELL: 0-0

GAME VITALS
Live Stats: gocolumbialions.com

SCOUTING THE RIVERHAWKS
UMass-Lowell, in its first season as a Division I program, has dropped two-straight, after picking up its lone victory against St. Francis (Pa.) on Sept. 22.

Melissa Effertz has scored three times and Eleonore Agneessens leads the club with three assists. Melanie Hopkins has played every minute in goal and has made 68 saves.

COLUMBIA NOTES

LAST TIME OUT...
The Lions lost a pair of one-goal heartbreakers on the road last weekend at Cornell and Fairfield. In both games, they held early leads and tried to rally back from late two-goal deficits.

HERE COMES THE RUESTER
Forward Katie Ruesterholz continued her monster rookie campaign with a pair of two-goal efforts at Cornell and Fairfield last weekend to break Columbia’s first-year goal record. She currently leads the Ivy League in points (20) and is tied for the confernce lead with nine goals. For her efforts, she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season on Oct. 1.

BACK IN BLAKE
Midfielder Zoe Blake has found her scoring touch in her junior season, scoring three goals and adding two assists for 10 points on the year. Coming into 2013, Blake had just one career assist.

LAST TIME VS. PRINCETON
The Tigers’ snapped Columbia’s program record six-game win-streak with an 8-0 victory on Sept. 28. Princeton opened the scoring in the sixth minute and held a 6-0 lead at the half. The Lions were more agressive in the second half, gaining more possession and earning eight penalty corners. However, Columbia could not find the back of the net.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
For the fifth time this season, the Lions will face an opponent for the first time when they welcome UMass-Lowell to the Baker Athletics Complex on Sunday. Columbia opened the season against four opponents they have never previously faced in the program’s young history. The Lions fared well in their opening weekend, knocking off both Longwood and James Madison. However, they fell to .500 after losses to No. 2 Maryland and No. 20 American.

GETTING DEFENSIVE
Junior Lauren Skudalski continues to show she’s one of the top defenders in the Ivy League. The co-captain has made four defensive saves this season to lead the conference.

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