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Lacrosse Heads West For A Pair Of Contests

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 03/13/2014
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NEW YORK  - For the next two games, the Columbia women’s lacrosse team will travel to the west coast for a jump out of conference play next week.  The Lions will begin with a trip to Los Angeles to take face USC on Monday, March 17 at 3 p.m., and finish at Fresno State on Wednesday, March 19 at 5 p.m.

Fans can follow the action via live stream provided by the PAC-12 Network at USC and the Mountain West Network at Fresno State.

LAST TIME OUT
Despite a 13-6 loss in the Lions first road game at Cornell on Saturday, March 8, Columbia saw scores from four different players led by a hat trick from Kate Murphy, her second on the season. Paige Cuscovitch, Katie Angulo and Sarah Greenberg all found the back of the net in the Ivy League constest.

HONOR ROLL
In the latest Ivy League Weekly performance release on March 10, Murphy earned her first selection to the honor roll this year behind a three-goal performance at Cornell. Murphy posted a team-high four points, including a hat trick and an assist.

THE 100 CLUB
Senior Paige Cuscovitch scored three points against Cornell, including a goal and a pair of assists, to join the programs prestigious 100 career point club. Cuscovitch became the 11th player to reach the 100 mark and is on pace to join the program’s top-10 career point leaders, just one point behind No. 10 Rachel Ryan ’09CC.

NATIONAL SCOPE
Through three games, first-year Taylor Quinn holds national top-10 game averages in two categories. With an average of 4.33 ground balls, Quinn stands No. 2 in the categorywith a season total of 13. The first-year ranks seventh in draw controls at 6.00 per game with a team high 18.

Lexi Mazur also stands among the best in the nation in caused turnovers. The sophomore averages 3.33 caused turnovers per game for third best in the country. The Media, Pa. native leads the team with 10 this season.

SPREADING THE WEALTH


INSIDE THE SERIES - USC

COLUMBIA
Team Matchup USC
1-2 Record 1-2
0-2, Ivy League Conference MPSF
10.60 Goals Per Game 14.00
.400 Shot % .472
7 Assists 9
Paige Cuscovitch (9 pts.) Leading Scorer(s) Alex Moore (10 pts.)
Colleen Packer (1-2) (15 saves) Goalkeeper Liz Shaeffer (1-2) (16 saves)

ABOUT USC
The Trojans will host the Lions for its fourth of five straight home games on March 17. USC got their first win of the season against LIU Brooklyn, 22-4, in their last outing.  At 1-2 overall, USC will host UC Davis before facing Columbia. Freshman Alex Moore leads the offense with 10 points, including nine goals and an assist.

INSIDE THE SERIES – FRESNO STATE

COLUMBIA
Team Matchup FRESNO STATE
1-2 Record 1-5
0-2, Ivy League Conference 0-1, Ivy League
10.60 Goals Per Game 6.17
.400 Shot % .416
7 Assists 9
Paige Cuscovitch (9 pts.) Leading Scorer(s) Kara Concheck (12 pts.)
Colleen Packer (1-2) (15 saves) Goalkeeper Lisa Barnaba (1-5) (42 saves)

ABOUT FRESNO STATE
The Bulldogs are 1-5 overall this season having lost five straight, including a pair of top-20 ranked opponents. Fresno State will play for the second time in history with the Lions taking the first matchup
in 2013, 16-7. Kara Concheck leads the offense with 12 points, including 11 goals and an assist.

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