NEW YORK - The Columbia lacrosse team dropped a 13-6 decision to No. 8 Penn on Sunday, April 3. Despite a 14 save effort by Karlee Blank, the Quakers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Taylor Gattinella had a pair of goals for the Lions, and Kacie Johnson, Paige Cuscovitch, Olivia Mann and Camille Richardson each had single tallies.
Both teams used long possessions and it was Penn that struck first with an assisted goal by Giulia Giordano 4:30 into the game. The Quakers pushed their lead to two three minutes later before Columbia got on the board with unassisted goal by Mann with 19:49 to go in the half.
Penn went on a three-goal run over the next two minutes to take a commanding 5-1 lead, and it was Johnson who cut the run with a free position goal with 10:51 to go in the first half. The Quakers ended the half with four unanswered goals to take a 9-2 lead into the break.
Penn took its biggest lead of the game with an unassisted goal by Allison Tatios 2:20 into the second half to lead 10-2.
The Lions scored three of the next four, including a pair by Gattinella and one from Cuscovitch to cut their deficit to six with 12:54 to play. Penn responded with two goals over the next six minutes to push its lead back to seven at 13-5.
With just over two minutes to play, Johnson threaded a pass to Richardson who scored her first collegiate goal on a nice finish for the final goal of the game.
Penn dominated the draws, winning 14 compared to Columbia's seven. Penn also held a slim advantage in groundballs (17-15) and shots (29-21).
Columbia (1-7, 0-4 Ivy League) returns to action on Wednesday, April 6 when it hosts Quinnipiac at 3 p.m.