LIONS SET TO MAKE IVY LEAGUE NETWORK DEBUT
Columbia is proud to announce that every home field hockey contest will be broadcasted on the Ivy League Network this season! Sunday will be the inaugural telecast featuring Steph Hirsch on play-by-play and former Lions' standout Liz Malone '13CC.
• The Lions are coming off a thrilling comeback win at Fairfield Sunday. Columbia trailed 3-0 and scored three times in the final 13 minutes, including twice in the final two minutes, to force overtime. Michelle Thompson netted the game-winner after the horn sounded in the extra session off a penalty corner.
• Columbia and Hofstra last met in 2015 with the Pride escaping with a 4-3 victory at the Baker Athletics Complex despite a hat trick from Katie Ruesterholz.
• Current assistant coach Katie DeSandis spent the 2016 season on the sidelines as an assistant with Hofstra.
• The Lions took down the Bulldogs 5-2 last season. Katie Koester picked up her first career goal in the victory.
• Senior Maeve Doherty had a monster weekend, registering a goal, three assists and two defensive saves in two games. She factored in on all three Lions goals (1 G, 2 A) at Bucknell Friday. Two days later, she made a sprawling save while Columbia played without a goalkeeper, assisted on a game-tying goal with 43 seconds left and drew a foul which led to the game-winning penalty corner attempt in overtime.
- Doherty is tied for the NCAA lead with three defensive saves.
• Junior Katie Dempsey picked up her first career win in goal after making 12 saves
• Through two weekends, the Lions lead the Ivy League in defensive saves (3), penalty corners per game (7.75) and saves per game (9.25).
• Columbia named senior
• The Lions have six newcomers on the roster this season. The Class of 2021 is comprised of one goalkeeper (Alexa Conomikes), a forward (Meghan Fahey) and three midfielders (Grace Payne, Kelsey Farkas, Emily Pedrick).
• 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 18-19 overall and 5-9 in Ivy League play.
• The Pride split home games last weekend, topping Quinnipiac 4-2 Saturday before falling to Yale, 5-2.
• Madison Sauve paces the squad with five goals and 11 points. Marloes Schavemaker has dished out a team-best five assists.
• Carys Swan has started all seven games in net, boasting a 2.77 GAA and a .695 save percentage.
• The Bulldogs have now lost three straight after being topped by California, 8-0, Friday and Dartmouth, 7-2, Sunday.
• Alex Neumann has three goals to pace the squad. Keighan Richardson has added three assists.
• In goal, Miranda Grundy has made all seven starts.