NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team will wrap up its five-game home swing this weekend when they take on Penn on Friday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. and Delaware on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Baker Athletics Complex. The Lions will welcome back a group of former players on Friday night against the Quakers when they host their annual Alumni Recognition Game.
THIS WEEKEND FOR THE LIONS
VS. PENN (9-2, 3-0)
FRIDAY, OCT. 18 • 6 P.M.
ALL-TIME VS. PENN: 7-10
CURRENT STREAK: Columbia, W2
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn has won three-straight and seven of its last eight contests to share a portion of the Ivy League lead. The Quakers have been battle-tested, posting a 6-1 mark in games decided by one goal.
Emily Corcoran and Jasmine Cole are the top-two scorers in the conference this season. Corcoran has 11 goals to go with seven assists (29 pts.), while Cole has lit the lamp 13 times. Carly Sokach has started all 11 games, posting a 2.14 GAA with a .767 save percentage and three shutouts.
VS. DELAWARE (9-4)
SUNDAY, OCT. 20 • 1 P.M.
ALL-TIME VS. DELAWARE: 0-0
CURRENT STREAK: N/A
SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS
Delaware is coming off a heartbreaking, 2-1, loss to No. 9 Princeton to snap its program-best seven-game winning streak.
Michaela Patzner has 10 goals and 22 points to lead the squad, while Meghan Winesett has scored five times and dished out six assists. It’s been Sarah Scher in goal in all 13 games for the Blue Hens, who has a 1.69 GAA with a .722 save percentage and three clean-sheets to her name.
LAST TIME OUT...
Columbia split last weekend’s contests against New York foes Colgate and Albany in battles for Empire State bragging rights. The Lions rallied from two goals down to force overtime and defeated Colgate, 4-3, in overtime on Friday before falling to No. 12 Albany, 6-0, on Sunday.
LAST YEAR VS. PENN
Gabby Kozlowski scored on a breakaway in the 87th minute to lift the Columbia field hockey team to a dramatic 3-2 double overtime victory at Penn. The Lions trailed twice in the contest before rallying for the win.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
For the sixth time this season, the Lions will face an opponent for the first time when they host Delaware on Sunday. Columbia opened the season against four opponents they have never previously faced in the program’s young history and later hosted UMass-Lowell, who is in its first season as a NCAA Division I program. The Lions have a 3-2 record against their first-time foes.
FREIBOTT TAKES CHARGE
Sophomore Christina Freibott played a dominant second half against Colgate, keying a rally to erase a two-goal deficit. Even though she was not credited with an assist, her hard work to get through defenders and tricky shot led to Leah Matthews’ goal to pull the Lions within one. Later, she battled through traffic to pick up a loose ball and scored to send the game to to the extra session.
“SCIP” TO MY LOU
Sophomore Anna Scipioni’s penalty stroke goal in overtime lifted the Lions to a 4-3 overtime victory over Colgate on Oct. 11. On the season, she is the team-leader with five assists, tying her for seventh place in the Ancient Eight.