Lacrosse Hosts No. 8 Penn on Sunday
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK - Columbia will host the No. 8 Quakers of Penn on Sunday, April 3 for an Ivy League matchup at Robert. K. Kraft Field with the opening whistle set for 11 a.m.  This marks the third straight home game for the Lions.

Despite 14 saves from Karlee Blank in goal for the Lions, the visiting American Eagles edged Columbia 11-8 in a mid-week matchup on Wednesday March 30.  Taylor Gattinella, Gabrielle Geronimos, Kacie Johnson and Olivia Mann each scored a pair of goals the Lions.

Penn is currently ranked No. 8 in the country and boasts a 7-1 overall record, and 3-0 mark in the Ivy League.  The Quakers' attack features four players in double-digits for points, led by Erin Brennan who has a team-high 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists.  Giulia Giordano ranks second with 16 points, followed by Caroline Bunting (12) and Bridget Waclawik (10).  Bunting leads the team with 12 caused turnovers, Giordano has a team-high 14 groundballs, and Maddie Poplawski has won 18 draw controls to lead the team.  Emily Leitner has played every minute in goal for Penn and boasts an impressive 6.25 goals against average.

The scouting reports will be very detailed for both teams this weekend, as there are a number of close ties between the two programs.  Columbia head coach Liz Kittleman came to Morningside Heights after serving as the top assistant for the Quakers, while the Lions' assistant coach Courtney Lubbe graduated from Penn last year.  On the flip side, Kerri Whitaker now serves as the top assistant for the Quakers after coaching the Lions for nine seasons.

Johnson has registered at least a point in 17 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 22.

Gattinella currently ranks fifth all-time in career draw controls with 88.  Her first two seasons she finished with 37 draws each, and has a team-high 14 so far this year.

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

Columbia will close out a four-game home stand when it hosts Quinnipiac on Wednesday, April 6 for a non-conference game set for 3 p.m.