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NEW YORK – The Columbia field hockey team pulled out a 5-4 overtime victory over Yale in a wild contest Saturday afternoon. Whitney Hartstone deflected in the game-winner after time expired in the extra session. With the win, the Lions (9-7, 4-2) clinched a winning season and an over .500 record in Ivy League play.
Columbia trailed by two in the second
The Lions drew a corner in the waning moments of the overtime and kept possession in the offensive zone long enough to create a second set-piece after the horn sounded. Maaike Blindenbach inserted to Maeve Doherty, who shoveled a pass to her right. Danielle Buttinger connected with Hartstone on the right side of the cage and the senior deflected it out of midair for her third goal of the year.
Trailing by two with just over 18 minutes to play, Columbia used a timeout to regroup. The Lions were awarded a penalty stroke after the goalkeeper trapped the ball on a save and Maeve Doherty snuck one between Sydney Terroso and the post to make it 3-2 in the 57th minute. Moments later, Katie Koester alertly fed a centering pass to Katherine Cavanaugh, who’s reverse shot found the back of the cage for her third of the season.
The Lions went on top,
Lauren Crane, the recipient of a centering pass from Buttinger, began the scoring in the 19th minute with her third tally of the year. Lily Smith made it 1-1 less than a minute later to send the game into a deadlock at the half. Smith put the Bulldogs in front 1:35 into the second half with a shot that trickled under the foot of Katie Dempsey. In the 53rd minute, Imogen Davies extended the Yale advantage to 3-1 off some nifty passing off a corner.
Dempsey finished with five saves on the night. Doherty posted a team-high eight shots and Michelle Thompson added a defensive save to go with an assist.
Columbia will host No. 16 Harvard Sunday, November 5 at 11 a.m. on Senior Day. Admission is free and the game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.