Lacrosse to Face American in Midweek Matchup
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK - The Columbia lacrosse team will host American on Wednesday, March 30 at Robert K. Kraft Field at 2 p.m.  The Lions will look to even its non-conference record against the Eagles in the mid-week matchup.

The Lions dug too big of a hole in the first half against No. 18 Dartmouth, and despite a strong second half rally, Columbia fell 15-7 to the Big Green on Saturday, March 26.  Kacie Johnson led the Lions with three goals and a draw control, and Mollie Andreae and Flannery Gallagher led the defensive unit with a pair of caused turnovers apiece.

American is 5-4 this season and 2-1 in the Patriot League.  The Eagles are coming off a 20-11 win against Bucknell on March 26. Kimberly Collins and Samantha Marshall both lead the team offensively with 23 points as Collins boasts a balanced 13 goals and 10 assists, while Marshall has a team-high 19 goals to go along with four helpers.  Emily Stankiewicz leads the team defensively with 13 caused turnovers and 22 groundballs, and Paige Lin has a team-high 19 draw controls.  Kaska Komosinski has played a majority of the time in goal and sports a 10.75 goals against average.

Johnson has registered at least a point in 16 straight games, dating back to March 17, 2010, and has registered a point in all but one game in her young career.  Last season Johnson set the program record for points by a first-year with 49, and the attacker has picked up right where she left off, leading the team in points so far this season with 19. 

Junior co-captain Taylor Gattinella ranks fifth in career drawcontrols with 87.  Her first two seasons she finished with 37 draws each, and has a team-high 13 so far this year.

Senior defender Gallagher, senior attacker Gabrielle Geronimos and junior midfielder Gattinella were named tri-captains for the 2011 season.

The Lions will return to Ivy League action when they host No. 8 Penn on Sunday, April 3 at 11 a.m. at Robert K. Kraft Field