NEW YORK, N.Y. - Junior Kacie Johnson tallied five goals and three assists for a season-high eight points as the Columbia women's lacrosse team lost a heartbreaking 11-10 game on Friday, March 30 at Robert K. Kraft Field. Sophomore Paige Cuscovitch added three goals and first-year goalkeeper Skylar Dabbar grabbed nine saves in the net.
Iona's Kylie Gregory's goal at 5:33 in the second half would prove to be the difference in the game. After grabbing their fourth straight draw control, the Gaels marched down the field as Gregory scored on a game winning free-position shot. Casey Scully paced Iona with three goals and Meghan Testoni scored two consecutive goals in the final ten minutes to aid the win.
Columbia struck first as Johnson scored two goals in the opening five minutes to give Columbia a 2-0 lead at 25.23. The Gaels responded with two goals from Casey Scully to even the game 2-2 at 14:41, in the first half. Johnson notched her third goal of the half at 12:03, but Iona followed with a score at 10:22. At 8:00 in thr first, Columbia would find momentum behind a goal from Cuscovitch with the assist from Johnson. Senior Taylor Gattinella added another goal at 6:50 and Johnson's fourth goal of the game at 5:47 propelled the Lions to a 6-3 lead. After another Cuscovitch score and two from the Gaels, Columbia led 7-5 at the break.
Cuscovitch began the second half much like she ended the first scoring just .40 seconds into the half at 29:47. Johnson tallied her third assist of the game on a Charlotte Cipolletti goal at 27:32 to push the game to 9-5. Iona retaliated with a goal at 26:23 in the second, but Johnson continued her strong performance with her fifth goal of the game at 22:43 to extend the lead to 10-6.
Following a goal by Iona's Kylie Gregory at 20:06 in the second, the Gaels would be the team to find momentum this half. Despite trailing for most of the game, the Gaels scored five unanswerd goals in the final ten minutes to mount a comeback and defeat the Lions 11-10. Behind four consecutive draw controls to end the game and a 31-18 foul count, the Gaels hand Columbia their third non-conference loss on the season.
The Lions drop to 1-7 on the season and will look to bounce back on Sunday, April 1 at 1p.m. as they travel to face Ivy League leading No. 8 Penn.