NEW YORK-The Columbia women’s lacrosse team capped the season with a victory on Saturday, April 26 at Robert K. Kraft Field. On a day filled with rain showers and even a lightening delay, the Lions remained poised to down local rival Manhattan 8-7 on senior night.
Before the first draw, Columbia honored the class of 2014, including Paige Cuscovitch and Ashley Rinere. Cuscovtich went out with a bang leading the way with a hat trick, to go along with two ground balls, two draw controls and a career stamping caused turnover. The senior finishes her career with 80 caused turnovers to tie for first on the program’s all-time list with Kate Lombard ‘07CC. Rinere also added a goal in her final game. The score gave the senior 40 points for her career and a season-best career total of 15 goals.
Columbia started firing shots early to start the first half. After an opening Manhattan goal, Kate Murphy responded for the Lions on the free-position at 28:21. Jessie Ambrose followed with another score at 27:00 and Murphy found Rinere for a goal at 25:59 as Columbia took a quick 3-1 lead.
At 23:52, play was suspended due to lightening and heavy rain. When both teams returned to field a half hour later, Columbia picked up where they left off with a goal by Taylor Quinn at 23:09. The first-year also tallied three draw controls to push her total to 52 on the season. Quinn became the second player in program history to compile more than 50 ground balls in a season and surpassed Taylor Gattinella’s all-time best season Columbia total of 51.
The Jaspers saw two goals from Kaitlyn Cunningham in the half as Columbia held a 4-3 lead at the break.
Cuscovitch opened the second-half with her first of three goals at 25.43 off another assist by Kate Murphy. Manhattan answered with back-to-back goals to tie the game 5-5 at 21:36. Cuscovitch gave the Lions the lead at 18:25 with a score, but Manhattan’s Cunningham tied the game again at 10:31, 6-6.
Cuscovitch once again retaliated with her third straight goal at 9:36 to give Columbia 7-6 edge. Ambrose found the back of the net at 5:13 to extend the lead to 8-6. Manhattan trimmed the deficit with a goal at 3:37, but the Lions would hold on in the final minutes to grab an 8-7 win.