• The Lions played two of their strongest games of the season with a 4-0 blanking of Brown Saturday before being edged, 4-3, in overtime by No. 21 Saint Joseph’s Sunday. Columbia erased a two-goal deficit in the second half against the Hawks to force the extra session before falling in the 84th minute.
• Last season, Columbia held off the Bears, 3-2, in New York.
• The Lions lead the Ivy League and rank No. 4 in the NCAA, averaging 9.13 penalty corners per game. Columbia also paces the Ancient Eight in assists per game (3.13), which is good for sixth in the nation
• Senior Maeve Doherty has been on a tear, recording all 20 of her points (7 G, 6 A) in the last six contests. Named Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 18, Doherty recorded four goals in two games last week.
- Doherty is tops in the Ivy League in points, tied for the conference lead in goals and second in assists. She is fifth in the NCAA in points per game (2.50).
- Doherty has four defensive saves on the season, which is tied for third in the nation.
- Doherty is one assist shy of tying Dana Zullo ’03CC and Christine Buszczak ’10CC for second on the Columbia all-time list.
• Senior Michelle Thompson’s seven assists lead the Ancient Eight and
• Sophomore Lindsay Ladas is tied with Doherty for second place
• Junior Katie Dempsey has started all six games in goal and boasts a 3.03 GAA with a .638 save percentage. She is stopping 5.5 shots per contest.
• Columbia named senior midfielder and two-time All-Ivy League selection, Maeve Doherty, junior goalkeeper Katie Dempsey and sophomore back Kelly McCarthy team captains at the conclusion of last spring’s practices.
• Head coach Caroline Nelson-Nichols enters her third year at the helm of Columbia. The two-time U.S. Olympian holds a career record of 21-21 overall and 6-9 in Ivy League play.
• The Big Red dropped its Ivy League opener at Penn, 2-0, last Saturday and have lost two of their last three after beginning the year 4-0.
• Cornell has been stingy defensively all season, allowing 0.86 goals per game, which is sixth in the NCAA. Maddie Henry has been the anchor in goal with a .920 save percentage and two shutouts.
• Offensively, three players have two goals to lead the squad. Katie Carlson has seven points (2 G, 3 A) and Isabel Joseph’s has dished out a team-high four assists.