NEW YORK - UConn's Lauren Kahn scored the game-winning goal to hand the Columbia women's lacrosse team a 14-13 overtime loss on Saturday, April 7 at Robert K. Kraft Field in Lawrence Wien Stadium. Junior Kacie Johnson scored five goals and added three assists for a game-high eight points to lead the Lions.
The Huskies struck first scoring just two minutes into the first half at 28:47. Johnson responded quickly for Columbia, with a goal at 28:10. The Lions fell behind early as UConn went on a 5-0 run to take a 6-1 lead midway through the first at 15:14. A pair of goals from Columbia, by Johnson at 12:32 and sophomore Paige Cuscovitch at 12:10, seemed to give the Lions the spark they needed. Following a Huskie goal, Columbia closed the half with another goal from Johnson, and a goal from senior Taylor Gattinella to trim the deficit to 7-5 at the break.
Columbia continued their fight in the second half scoring at 26:55 off Johnson's fourth goal of the game. Lauren Kahn responded with her third of four goals on the game to hold an 8-7 Huskies lead. The Lions put together an impressive run over the next three minutes of the half scoring four unanswered goals. Senior Jenny Schiff started the run with a goal at 19:42 with the assist by first-year Sarah Greenberg. First-year Courtney Cliffe added a goal at 18:50, her third on the year. Johnson scored her fifth goal of the game at 18:23, and Greenberg followed with a score at 17:53 to give Columbia a 10-8 lead.
UConn responded with a pair of goals to tie the game at 10-10 at 13:38 in the second half. Columbia retaliated with another run scoring three goals, all assisted by Johnson. Cuscovitch scored two goals and Greenberg added her second score to give the Lions their largest lead of the game, 13-10 at 10:44. The Huskies rallied late scoring the final three goals of the second half to send the game into overtime at 13-13.
The Huskies went on to score the only goal in overtime to take the 14-13 win. Despite the loss, first-year Skylar Dabbar posted a career-high 13 saves. Johnson's eight points sets a new career season-high with a total of 53 points this year. She is two points from the all-time season-high record of 55 held by Holly Glynn '09CC.
The Lions return to action on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. as they host Lafayette at Robert K. Kraft Field.