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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Lacrosse Gears For Brown At Home On Saturday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 02/26/2014
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NEW YORK  - After a big opening day win last weekend, the Columbia women’s lacrosse team will return to Robert K. Kraft field on Saturday, Mar. 1 for its second straight home game. The Lions will jump into Ivy League play as they host Brown at 1 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
Columbia scored the most goals in a game since 2007 on Sunday, Feb. 23 as they rolled LIU Brooklyn in its home opener, 20-11. With the score tied 8-8, at the break, the Lions used an offensive explosion in the second half to outscore the Blackbirds 12-3 for the win. Seven different players scored for Columbia, including five with three or more goals on the day.

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To view the win, check out a full game replay of the action on the Ivy League Digital Network.

HONOR ROLL
On Feb. 24, the Ivy League released its weekly acknowledgement of some the best performers throughout the past week. Columbia notched two players on the honor roll in Ashley Rinere and Jessie Ambrose. Both Rinere and Ambrose scored a game-high four goals last Sunday in the win.

Rinere was an aggressive leader on both sides for the Lions grabbing a pair of groundballs, draw controls and causing two turnovers. Ambrose put on an offensive show scoring all four goals in the second half. The sophomore had a breakout game against LIU and looks to keep that high-level of play going on Saturday.

HAT TRICK
Five Columbia players posted three goals or more in the victory over LIU Brooklyn. Along with four goals from the weekly honorees, first-year Taylor Quinn posted a hat trick in her first 30 minutes of collegiate play. Sophomores Kate Murphy and Margaret Sinzer also went on to tally hat tricks.


INSIDE THE SERIES
Last season, Columbia dropped a 11-10 heartbreaker on the road at Brown in double overtime. The Lions will look to get its first ever win over the Bears as they host the conference foe on Saturday.

COLUMBIA
Team Matchup BROWN
1-0 Record 2-0
Ivy League Conference Ivy League
20.00 Goals Per Game 18.00
.444 Shot % .600
3 Assists 16
Ambrose, Murphy, Rinere (4 pts.) Leading Scorer(s) Danielle Mastro (8 pts.)
Colleen Packer (1-0) (3 saves) Goalkeeper Kellie Rooddy (2-0) (5 saves)

ABOUT BROWN
The Bears are off to a 2-0 start to the season. They posted a pair of home wins over Iona (17- 4) and Sacred Heart (19-6), but Saturday will be the Bears first test on the road. Seniors Danielle Mastro and junior Bre Hudgins have led the way early for Brown with a combined 10 goals and 15 points. Hudgins was a first team All-Ivy League selection in 2013 and ranked top-10 in the Ivy League in both goals scored and points.

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