NEW YORK – On a beautiful day at Robert K. Kraft on Saturday, April 19, the Columbia women’s lacrosse team were in search for its first Ivy League win of the season against Harvard. The Lions remained tough for 60 minutes as both teams consistently fought to gain edge. Both teams were even in draw controls with 12 and shared scores from five different players. However, the Crimson put together a slight run in the second-half to hold off Columbia 12-10.
Despite the loss, first-year Taylor Quinn had a phenomenal day, including six points on a season-high five goals and assist, a season-high six ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
In a first half that saw five lead changes, the Lions struck first with a goal in the opening two minutes as Kate Murphy scored her 10th goal on the season. Less than a minute later, Harvard responded with a score at 27:32 and quickly gained a 2-1 lead with another quick score at 25:49.
Columbia evened things up on the next possession as Paige Cuscovitch found a cutting Quinn at 25:19 to tie the score at 2-2. Katie Angulo would give the Lions back the lead at 23:15, capitalizing off the free-position.
The Crimson again answered with a pair of goals to regain the lead, 6-4, at 3:50. Columbia tallied one more score before the half as Caroline Joy fired a quick shot, off the assist from Tegan Helms, to trail by only one point at the break, 6-5.
The Lions returned to the field in the second-half on the attack. Quinn scored her second goal of the game to knot the score at 6-6 in just the opening two minutes. The Crimson kept its trend going with another two-goal run to move ahead 8-6 midway through the half. Quinn continued to be a problem for the Crimson as she brought the Lions back within one behind a free-position goal at 13:59.
Over the next six minutes, Harvard went on a three-goal run to take its largest lead of the game at 7:05, 11-7. Jessie Ambrose ended the Columbia drought as she found the back of the net at 4:49. Another goal for the Crimson at 2:41 helped Harvard maintain a three-goal lead, but the Lions continued to fight.
On the next possession, Quinn grabbed her third draw control and raced down the field to find an open Ambrose for the score at 2:31. Quinn added a fifth goal to her high-level performance at 1:55 to trim the deficit to 12-10. However, the Crimson maintained possession for the majority of the remaining minutes to hang on and hand the Lions a 12-10 defeat.
Up next, Columbia, 3-8, 0-6 Ivy League, will play its final conference game of the season on Wednesday, April 23 at 4 p.m. on the road at Penn.