ITHACA, N.Y. - The Columbia women's lacrosse team dropped a 19-7 decision at Cornell on Saturday, March 10. Cornell jumped out to a 13-4 lead entering the half and never looked back. Sophomore Paige Cuscovitch paced the Lions with three points, including two goals and one assist, and senior Taylor Gattinella had a game-high five draw controls. Cornell had eight players score, led by Oliva Knotts with three goals and three assists.
The Big Red began the game scoring four goals in the first two minutes of the first half. Gattinella retaliated with Columbia's first goal, at 23:47 in the first half, off the assist from first-year Kaitlin Brophy. Cuscovitch followed quickly with a score at 22:43 to cut the lead to 4-2.
Cornell kept the pressure on, scoring another four unanswered goals to push the lead to 8-2 at 14:16 in the half. Junior Kacie Johnson scored two goals for the Lions to spark the offensive charge to cut the lead to 9-4. The Big Red responded with four goals to end the first half and took a 13-4 lead at the break.
Columbia's Gattinella scored the first goal to start the second half at 28:05 on the assist by Cuscovitch looking to mount a comeback. The Lions would fall short as Cornell outcored Columbia 6-3 in the second half to take the game 19-7.
The Lions will return to action on Saturday, March 17 to host Vermont at 12 p.m. on Robert K. Kraft Field.