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Lacrosse Hosts #14 Princeton In Ivy League Match-up

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 03/20/2012
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Columbia women's lacrosse team will play their first top 20 opponent of the season on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. when they host No.14 Princeton at Robert K. Kraft Field. A win over the Tigers would give the Lions their first Ivy League victory of the season. Follow the game with live stats HERE!

INSIDE THE SERIES

The Tigers have owned the series having never lost to the Lions. Columbia is 0-14 in facing Princeton dating back to their first meeting in 1998. Despite the 18-10 loss in last season's meeting, Columbia's 10 goals was the most scored in the series since the eight goal game in 2007.

Senior Taylor Gattinella paced Columbia with four points on three goals and an assist. Olivia Mann added a hat trick and Karlee Blank finished with six saves in goal.

IVY LEAGUE & NATIONAL STATISTICS

Columbia ranks in the nation's top 20 in caused turnovers at #18. The team has caused 44 turnovers in five contests posting a game average of 8.80 to lead the Ivy League.  The Lions are led by senior Amanda Goodhart, who stands atop the Ivy League averaging 2.2 caused turnovers per game with a total of 11 on the year.

First-year goalkeeper Skylar Dabbar continues to make strides improving to third in the league in saves. She entered the nation's top 50 in saves per game last week averaging seven saves per game. Dabbar currently ranks at #39, tallying a total of 38 saves in five games to improve to eight saves per game.

Junior Kacie Johnson currently leads the league with 25 total points in five games. Her point total ranks sixth in the nation averaging 5.0 per game. Johnson also ranks in the nation's top 20 in assists at #19, tallying 11 assists for a season average of 2.0 per game.

Sophomore Paige Cuscovitch has joined Johnson in igniting the offensive force this season. Cuscovitch has scored a team high 15 goals and places third in the Ivy League. A game average of 3.0 through five games, ranks her #27 in the country. The duo earned a spot on this week's Ivy League honor roll behind Cuscovitch's five goals and Johnson's six points against Vermont.

LAST TIME OUT

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.

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 loss. The Lions drop to 1-4, 0-2 in Ivy league on the season heading into wednesday's matchup.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

Johnson's offensive production continues to make a presence in the Columbia record books. At 133 career points she currently stands fourth all-time. Her six-point performance against Vermont moved her past Adie Moll 's ('04CC) career total of 127 points. The junior ranks eighth all-time in goals scored with 82, and is just three scores shy of surpassing Katie Warner's seventh place mark of 84 set in 2007.  With 51 career assists Johnson stands third all-time, placing her one assist away from the second place mark of 52 held by Holly Glynn ('09CC).

Goodhart is a staple on the defensive end for the Lions, causing a career total 59 turnovers. She is currently in a three way tie for third all time with Whitney Crisman ('02CC) and Kristin Connors ('03CC).

On Saturday, February 25 Gattinella became Columbia's all-time leader in draw controls breaking the mark of 112 set by Carrie Anderer in 2006. She continues to add to her total this season tallying 124 career draw controls through four games. Gattinella also ranks fifth all-time in career groundballs with a current total of 106. She is only three groundballs from moving up to fourth all time over Marisa Marcellino ('08CC) at 108.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

At 3-2, 1-0 Ivy League, No.14 Princeton will look for their second consecutinve win following a 9-7 upset victory over No.10 Virginia. Jaci Gassaway, who scored a league leading 17 goals in five games, paces the Tiger offense.

Princeton returned 2011 All-Ivy selections Lindsey deButts and Cassie Pyle. The seniors have combined for 13 points, 11 ground balls, and 11 caused turnovers this season.US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame inductee Chris Sailer, is in her 26th year as the Head Coach of the Princeton women's lacrosse team.

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