NEW YORK - It was a close game throughout, but it was the American Eagles that came out on top, defeating Columbia 11-8 in a non-conference mid-week match up on Wednesday, March 30. Four different Lions scored a pair of goals, while Karlee Blank made 14 saves in the loss.
Columbia trailed 2-0 two and a half minutes into the game before Taylor Gattinella struck first for the Lions when she finished on a feed from Kacie Johnson. On their next possession, Blank came up with the initial stop on a shot by Samantha Marshall, but Bernadette Maher managed to put the follow up shot away to push American's lead back to two.
After the two teams traded goals, Olivia Mann scored back-to-back tallies less than two minutes apart to even the score at 4-4 halfway through the first half. The two teams held long possessions over the next 10 minutes of play, and it was the Eagles that tacked on another goal to take a slim 5-4 lead into the half.
The Eagles pushed their lead to 6-4 on a free position goal, but Columbia's Johnson and Gattinella scored two of the next three to trail 7-6 with 22:33 to go in the game.
American's Marshall answered with a pair of goals to give the Eagles their biggest lead of the game at 9-6 with 15:13 to go. Gabrielle Geronimos scored the first of her two goals during a 10 minute span to make it 9-7, but Lisa Schaaf scored back-to-back goals to push her team's lead back to three. Geronimos' second goal was the last of the game, as American won the ensuing draw and ran out the clock.
American held a 14-7 advantage in draw controls and 27-21 edge in shots.
Columbia (1-6, 0-3 Ivy League) returns to action on Sunday, April 3 when it hosts Penn at 11 a.m.