NEW YORK-First-year Katie Angulo posted her first career hat trick, but a six-goal halftime deficit was too much to overcome as the Columbia women's lacrosse team fell to New Hampshire, 14-8 on Wednesday, April 18 at Robert K. Kraft Field. Six different players scored for the Wildcats, led by five goals from Kate Keagins.
Despite a 9-3 halftime deficit, Columbia refused to quit and used a 9-2 advantage in draw controls during the second half to match New Hampshire, 5-5.
The Lions struck first with two goals by first-year Kaitlin Brophy in the first six minutes of play. The first goal came at 24:52 in the first half and quickly followed by a goal at 24:36, assisted by sophomore Paige Cuscovitch, to take an early 2-0 lead. The Wildcats responded with four straight goals, with two from Keagins, to take a 4-2 lead with 19:36 in the first half.
Junior Kacie Johnson scored at 18:05 in the first to cut the deficit to 4-3. New Hampshire would put together another first half run to close the half, scoring five unanswered goals. Keagins scored her third goal of the half and Amber Casiano added two scores for the Wildcats as Columbia trailed 9-3 at the break.
Angulo scored the first goal of the second half at 22:19, her first of three in the half. Columbia responded to a pair a goals by New Hampshire with a pair of goals of their own, from Cuscovitch and Angulo, to trim the deficit to 11-6 midway through the second at 15:44. Following a free-position goal from the Wildcats by Keagins, the Lions added another pair of goals from Cuscovitch and Angulo making it a 12-8 game with 9:02 remaining.
New Hampshire closed the game scoring the final two goals to hold off the Lions and hand Columbia a 14-8 home loss. Columbia drops to 2-11 and New Hampshire stands at 4-9 on the year.
The Lions return to face Harvard in their final home game of the season on Saturday, April 21 at 12 p.m at Robert K. Kraft Field.