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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Field Hockey Hits Road to Face Dartmouth Sunday on Ivy League Digital Network

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 10/25/2013
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NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team returns to the road to face Dartmouth on Sunday, Oct. 26 at noon. The game will be streamed live on the Ivy Leauge Digital Network.

THE MATCHUP

AT DARTMOUTH (5-8, 1-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 27 • NOON

ALL-TIME VS. DARTMOUTH: 6-11
CURRENT STREAK: Dartmouth, W1

SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth is coming off a 3-2 win over Vermont on Wednesday and will be in search of its first Ivy League victory since a Sept. 28 triumph over Brown.

Ali Savage is one of the top offensive talents in the conference, boasting 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points. Ellen Meyer has seen all the action in goal and has made 83 saves with one shutout.

COLUMBIA NOTES

LAST TIME OUT...
Columbia split last weekend’s contests to wrap up its five-game homestand. For the second consecutive Friday, the Lions rallied from two goals down in the second half to come away with a 4-3 overtime victory over Penn. The loss was the first Ivy League defeat for the Quakers, who came into the game 3-0 in conference play. On Sunday, Columbia came up on the short end of a 3-2 decision to Delaware.

LAST YEAR VS. DARTMOUTH
Three unanswered goals by the Big Green in the second half lifted Dartmouth to a 5-2 win to spoil Senior Day. Columbia scored on its first shot of the game 1:17 in on a Katie DeSandis goal. Dartmouth potted the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead, but Paige Simmons knotted the score late in the first half. May Herm tallied what ended up being the game-winner just three minutes into the second half and the Big Green tacked on two insurance goals to seal the win.

FREIBOTT TAKES CHARGE
Sophomore Christina Freibott has been on a tear for the Lions, posting eight points in the Lions last four games (2G, 4A). A strong second half against Colgate on Oct. 11 keyed a rally to erase a two-goal deficit with a hard shot leading to one goal before providing the equalizer. On Oct. 18, Freibott posted three assists, including setting up the game-winner in overtime to propel Columbia past Penn. The three assists tied the program’s single-game mark, that was set last year by Katie DeSandis.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION
Known more for her defensive prowess, junior back Lauren Skudalski exploded for the first three goals of her career last weekend against Penn and Delaware to earn a spot on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll.

CRUZ CONTROL
Sophomore Liz Cruz’ first career goal proved to be a big one, netting the overtime game-winner against Penn on Oct. 18. Cruz was left all alone on the left side of the cage and received a perfect feed from Christina Freibott to give Columbia the walk-off victory.

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