NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sophomore Paige Cuscovitch scored five of the team's 11 goals as the Columbia women's lacrosse team fell 14-11 to the Catamounts of Vermont on Saturday, March 17 at Robert K. Kraft Field in Lawrence A. Wien Stadium.

Cuscovitch scored five goals on seven shots, matching her career best. Junior Kacie Johnson posted a team-high six points including three goals and three assists. Columbia had a 15-16 advantage in draw controls and caused seven turnovers in the game. Vermont had a 31-27 edge in ground balls.

The first half began as an aggressive scoring battle between the squads. Vermont struck first with a goal at 29:40 to start the game, but Cuscovitch responded with Columbia's first goal at 28:30. Emma Kelly of Vermont retailiated with a score at 26:04 to take a 2-1 lead. The Lions made an early push, scoring two straight goals led by Johnson. At 21:15 Johnson added a goal and assisted the next by sophomore Ashley Rinere at 19:35 to give Columbia 3-2 lead.

Vermont marched down the field to tie the game at 3-3 at 18:51 in the first half. Columbia responded with a pair of goals from Cuscovitch, grabbing their larget lead of the game, 5-3, at 15:44. The Catamounts went on a run of their own, scoring four unanswered goals, taking a 7-5 lead at 3:42. Cuscovitch scored her fourth goal of the first half at 1:51 to trim the deficit to 7-6. After another goal by the Catamounts at 1:17, first-year Courtney Cliffe scored her first goal as a Lion to close out the half. Columbia trailed 8-7 at the break.

Cuscovitch continued to attack in the second, scoring the first goal in the period at 28:27 to tie the game at 8-8. Much like the first half, Vermont responded by scoring three consecutive goals, taking an 11-8 lead at 26:15. Johnson tried to ignite a Columbia comeback, scoring two goals and assisting on another. The Catamounts proved to be too much down the stretch, outscoring the Lions 6-4 in the second periof to take the game 14-11.

With the loss, Columbia dropped to 1-4 on the season. The Lions will return to action on Wednesday, March 21 hosting Ivy League foe Princeton at 7 p.m. at Robert K. Kraft Field.