Providence, R.I. – Six ties and three lead changes marked the grit of a tough Ivy League battle for the Columbia lacrosse team at Brown on Saturday, April 22. With both teams trading slight edges throughout the game, the Bears connected in overtime to grab a 14-13 win over the Lions. Despite the loss, Columbia saw a variety of impressive contributions on the field with three players scoring hat tricks.
Seniors Caroline Joy and Taylor Quinn lead the Lions first half charge each tallying a hat trick. On he way to three assist in the opening period, Victoria Kalamaras found Joy for the Lions opening score at 22:23. Kalamaras followed with an assist on Quinn’s first goal at 20:00 and Lindsey Ewertsen gave the Lions its first lead of 3-2 with a free-position goal at 11:29. Quinn and Joy would score the remaining four goals of the half, including two in the final minute to give Columbia a 7-5 lead over the Bears at the break.
Less than five minutes into the second half, Sara Ruzzi stuck first with a goal for the Lions. In a back-and-forth with the Bears, Ewertsen stepped up big for Columbia with consecutive goals in less than a minute span to maintain Lions lead at 10:77 at 22:32. Kalamaras found a cutting Ewertsen for her fourth assist of the day at and Ewertsen showed her speed to get behind the Brown defense to also score on the next possession.
The Bears refused to quit responding with a four unanswered-goal run through three minutes to take an 11-10 lead at 16:42. Taylor Quinn stopped the Bears run with her fourth goal of the day midway through the half on Kalamaras’s fifth assist. Quinn’s goal marked her 46th of the season to mark the second most in a single season in program history surpassing Holly Glynn (2009) and Brittany Shannon (2010) mark of 45.
With four ground balls, Quinn also tied the Columbia single-season record at 51 set by Antoinette Allen in 1997. Lindsey Ewertsen moves in to second overall on the single-season list at 48 with five ground balls on the day. Also adding three caused turnovers, Ewertsen joins Paige Cuscovitch ‘14CC in becoming just the second player in Columbia history to tally 30-plus in a season with her current total of 31.
Brown responded to Columbia’s run halting score with two goals of their own, but Laine Parsons emerged for the Lions in the final three minutes to put in back-to-back scores tying the game at 13-13.
On the final play of regulation, it was rookie goalkeeper Abby Roberts who made her clutchest of three saves on shot attempt in the final seconds to send the game into overtime. Roberts and Kelsey Gedin combined for a game-high nine saves for the Columbia defense.
Brown's Emma DeGennaro scored on the opening possesion of sudden-death overtime at 5:22 to drop the Lions 14-13
Columbia (7-7, 2-4 Ivy) will head to #7 Princeton on Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m. in its season finale.