ALBANY, N.Y. – The Columbia women’s lacrosse team faced a tall order with a road game at No. 18 Albany on Wednesday, April 16. Despite a 18-4 loss, the Lions saw scores from four different players and several impressive career marks.
Along with a goal, Paige Cuscovitch tallied a pair of caused turnovers on defense. With a new career total of 79, the senior is one shy from tying the program all-time record of 80 set by Kate Lombard ‘07CC. Taylor Quinn battled for a team-high five draw controls to add to her total on the season. She now holds an impressive 41 draw controls on the year and becomes only the second player in Columbia history to grab over 40 in a season.
The Great Danes scored six straight goals in the opening ten minutes before the first Columbia goal at 20:00. Katie Angulo stopped the run with a free-position score for her third goal of the season as the Lions trailed 6-1 early. Columbia’s second goal of the half would be another free-position score at 8:27 by first-year Caroline Joy. Joy found the back of the net for her first collegiate career goal. Albany saw scores from five different players in the first half, including three by Allie Pheelan, to hold a 9-2 lead at the half.
Albany kept the offense going in the second half taking an 11-2 lead before Cuscovitch scored at 20:05 for Columbia’s third goal of the game. Bridget Greene tallied her first career goal of the season off the assist from Kate Murphy at 16:32 for the Lions final score of the half. The Great Danes outscored Columbia 9-2 again in the second-half to hand the Lions an 18-4 loss. Albany’s Keggins led the offense with a game-high six points on four assists and a pair of scores, along with five points from Rachel Bowels on four goals and an assist.
The Lions drop to 3-8 with the defeat and will look to bounce back at home on this weekend as they play host to Harvard on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m.