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NEW YORK - With Ivy League play underway, the Columbia women's lacrosse team travels to Ithaca, N.Y. on Saturday, March 10 to face Cornell at 1 p.m. The Lions will enter the game at 1-2, 0-1 Ivy League.


Cornell leads the all-time series 15-0 over Columbia. A close battle in the teams' last meeting in 2011 resulted in a 9-7 home loss for the Lions. Despite the loss, senior Taylor Gattinella led the Lions with three goals. Junior Kacie Johnson added two goals and sophomore Paige Cuscovitch earned her first goal in Ivy League play.


Johnson was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, March 5. This marked the second time she received the honor, getting the first on April 11, 2011.  She currently stands atop the league with 17 total points in three games. Her point total ranks fifth in the nation averaging 5.67 per game.

Senior Amanda Goodhart's aggressiveness on defense earned her a spot on this week's honor roll. Goodhart leads the league in caused turnovers tallying 10 in three games and stands third nationally averaging 3.33 per game.

The team has caused 33 turnovers in three games posting a game average of 11. Columbia ranks in the nation's top five in that category, tied with Loyola Maryland at the fifth spot.


The Lions suffered a 14-10 home defeat to Brown on Saturday, March 3. Johnson, who tallied a game high six points on four goals and two assists, led Columbia. Gattinella added three goals to go along with a game high three caused turnovers and groundballs.


Cornell is 3-0 on the season following a 15-10 road win over Colgate. The Big Red are led by senior Olivia Knotts who has tallied 10 points in three games including seven goals and three assists. Junior Caroline Salisbury, who has six goals and four assists for 10 points on the year, joins Knotts in the offensive charge.

Head Coach Jeeny Graap is in her 15th year at the helm. She posted a 6-8 overall season record in 2011, including 3-4 in Ivy League play and is 15-0 all-time against the Lions.


Columbia returns to action on Saturday, March 17 at 12 p.m. when the Lions host Vermont at Rober K. Kraft Field.