PHILADELPHIA – On Wednesday, April 23, the Columbia women’s lacrosse team concluded the Ivy League season on the road at No.10 Penn. Taylor Quinn led the Lions with two goals and a game-high five draw controls however, the Quakers went on to hand Columbia a 17-4 loss.
For the majority of the first half, both teams played solid defense allowing a combined five goals through 24 minutes of action. The Quakers struck first in the opening minute with a free-position goal and Columbia answered with a free-position goal from Quinn at 24:41.
Through the next three minutes of play, Penn scored two straight goals to stretch an early. At 18:34, Quinn responded again as she found the back of the net off the assist from Kate Murphy.
Both teams were held scoreless for the next 10-plus minutes until Penn’s Tory Benson ended the drought at 5:54 to spark a three-goal run. Benson scored a pair of the Quakers trio of goals to end the half as they led 6-2 at the break.
Penn’s offense kept the momentum going to start the second half scoring four unanswered goals in under six minutes. Courtney Cliffe ended the run at 23:01 with the Lions trailing 10-3. Cliffe’s score briefly halted the Quakers barrage as they added another run of six straight goals to take a 16-3 lead with 5:00 remaining.
Caroline Joy gave Columbia another second-half goal at 1:27, marking three straight games with a score from the first-year. Penn capped the day with a late goal in the final minute to drop Columbia 17-4.
The Lions, 3-10, 0-6 to finish conference play, will cap the season this weekend against local rival Manhattan on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. for Senior Day on Robert K. Kraft Field.