CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Sunday, April 28, the Columbia lacrosse team closed out the 2013 season on the road at conference foe Harvard. After a tough battle in the first half, that saw five lead changes, a second-half surge by Harvard downed the Lions an 18-11.
Despite the loss, senior Kacie Johnson put together a fantastic performance in her final game wearing the blue and white. Johnson scored a team-high five goals to finish with 52 goals on the season to lead the Ivy League. The Wilton, Conn. native becomes the first player in school history to reach the 50-goal season mark and the first in the Ivy League since the 2007 season.
After a quick score off the opening draw in the game for the Crimson, Columbia responded with three straight goals, two by Johnson and one by Kelly Buechel, to take an early 3-1 lead in the beginning eight minutes of play. Harvard went on to post a three score run through the next eight minutes of play to regain another one point lead at 4-3. Both teams would score a pair of goals to finish the half and the Lions trailed 6-5 at the break. .
Harvard rattled off three straight goals to start the second half and jumped out to a 9-5 lead at 27:30. Johnson briefly ended the Crimson run with her fourth goal of the game one minute later. The Harvard offense continued to attack in the second half outscoring the Lions 9-5 to hand Columbia an 18-9 loss, as they finish the season a1 3-12 overall and 0-7 in the Ivy League.
Paige Cuscovitch, Katie Angulo, Ashley Rinere and Margaret Sinzer each found the back of the net along with Johnson to boast the Lion’s second half offense. Colleen Packer grabbed six saves on 13 goal attempts for a solid performance from the first-year goalie.
K. JOHNSON TOPS THE RECORD BOOKS
As one of the best athletes in program history, Kacie Johnson capped her phenomenal career in standout fashion on Sunday. The program’s all-time career-points leader completed her tally with 249 points. Her points total ranks fourth all-time in Ivy League history, surpassing former Ivy League players of the year Jacque Weitzel(248) and Lauren Holleran(243) of Dartmouth.
The senior is first at Columbia in career goals with 161 and in assist at 88. She finished this conference season leading the Ivy League in points (67) and goals. Johnson is without a doubt one of the best offense players in the history of ancient eight.