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Lacrosse Heads To #10 Dartmouth

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 03/23/2012
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Columbia women's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. as they travel to Hanover, N.H. to face No. 10 Dartmouth. Follow the game with live stats and video by clicking the links above. The Lions, now 1-5, 0-3 Ivy League, look to upset the Big Green for their first league win of the season.

INSIDE THE SERIES

Columbia is 0-15 all-time facing Dartmouth dating back to their first meeting in 1998. In last year's meeting, the Big Green team took a 9-1 lead into halftime, and despite a strong second half effort by the Lions, the deficit was too big for the Lions to overcome as the Big Green went on to defeat Columbia 15-7 on Saturday, March 26.

Junior Kacie Johnson paced Columbia scoring three goals on six shots. Sophomore Paige Cuscovitch tallied a goal and an assist, and Karlee Blank finished with eight saves in goal.

IVY LEAGUE & NATIONAL STATISTICS

Columbia ranks in the nation's top 20 in caused turnovers at #18. The team has caused 50 turnovers in six contests posting a game average of 8.33 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. The Lions also stand atop the Ivy League in groundballs, fielding 107 for a game average of 17.83.

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 46 saves in six games to improve to 7.67 saves per game.

Johnson currently stands second in the league with 29 total points in six 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.

Cuscovitch has joined Johnson in igniting the offensive force this season. She has scored 16 goals and places top five 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

Johnson scored a hat trick as the Columbia women's lacrosse team fell to 14th-ranked Princeton, 18-6, on Wednesday, March 21 at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium.

Johnson scored three goals on five shots, added an assist, and scooped up four ground balls in the loss. Senior Taylor Gattinella, Cuscovitch, and sophomore Ashley Rinere each scored a goal for the Lions. Gattinella won four draw controls, while Cuscovitch joined with three draw controls. Goodhart caused three turnovers and Dabbar tallied eight saves in the net.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

Johnson's offensive production continues to make a presence in the Columbia record books. At 137 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 seventh all-time in goals scored with 85, surpassing Katie Warner's mark of 84 set in 2007.  With 52 career assists Johnson is tied at second all-time with standout Holly Glynn '09CC.

Goodhart is a staple on the defensive end for the Lions, causing a career total 62 turnovers. She currently places third all-time surpassing Whitney Crisman '02CC and Kristin Connors '03CC records of 59.

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 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 BIG GREEN

No. 10 Dartmouth looks for their second Ivy League on the year in Saturday's game. The Big Green, 5-1, 1-0 Ivy League, will enter the game following a 20-4 loss at No. 5 Florida.

The defense for Dartmouth is anchored sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello, who has grabbed two Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors this season. Sarah Plumb, who has 22 points on 16 goals and six assists, sparks the offense to lead the Big Green.

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