NEW YORK - Junior Kacie Johnson tallied four goals and five assists for a season-high nine points as the Columbia women's lacrosse team defeated Lafayette 19-11 on Wednesday, April 11 at Robert K. Kraft Field. Seven different players scored for the Lions as they capture their second home victory of the season.
Johnson's nine points gave her a Columbia season record 62 total points, breaking her mark of 59 set last season. With five assists in the game, she surpassed Marisa Marcellino's (08CC) record of 25 for most assist in a season with a total of 27 assists. Senior Taylor Gattinella and sophomore Paige Cuscovitch both scored four goals. First-year Sarah Greenberg netted her first career hat trick and senior Jenny Schiff added three points, including two goals and one assist. First-years Courtney Cliffe and Emma Tuzinkiewicz each scored a goal aiding the balanced Columbia attack.
The Lions attacked early grabbing a 6-1 lead at 17:23 in the first half. Cliffe put Columbia on the board first with a quick goal at 29:08. Gattinella would score twice, while Cuscovitch, Schiff and Greenberg would each find the back of the net. Johnson assisted on five of Columbia's first six goals of the first half. Erin Steel scored her second of three goals on the night at 10:54 to trim the lead to 6-2. Gattinella quickly responded with her third goal of the first half at 8:12. The Leopards would score a pair of goals in the next three minutes to trim the Columbia lead to 7-4 at 5:13. A goal by Johnson at 2:16 in the first half stopped the Lafayette run and marked her 100th career goal. She becomes only the fifth player in Columbia history to reach the 100 mark. Johnson added another score at 1:39 and following a late goal by the Leopards, the Lions led 9-5 at the break.
Columbia's strong offensive attack continued in the second half scoring four goals in less than eight minutes to lead 13-5 at 22:58. A score by Laura Kleiber gave the Leopards their first goal of the second half at 21:12. Columbia responded with two goals as Cuscovitch scored her third goal of the game at 18:29 and Schiff her second off the Gattinella assist at 17:40. Trailing 15-6, Lafayette put together their biggest push of the game scoring three consecutive goals to cut the lead to 15-9 at 16:04 in the second. Off the Schiff assist, Johnson responede with her fourth goal of the game at 14:24. The Lions outscored the Leopards 3-2 in the final eight minutes to capture the win, including Tuzinkiewicz first career goal off the assist from first-year Kaitlin Brophy.
First-year goalkeeper Skylar Dabbar netted 10 saves in goal to anchor the Lion defense. Senior Amanda Goodhart's game-high three caused turnover places her second all-time with a career total of 70. She surpasses the previous second place mark of 69 set by Brynn Wuumbrand '01CC. Columbia improves to 2-9, 0-5 in the Ivy League.
The Lions will return to action on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. as they travel to New Haven, Conn. to face league foe Yale.