Quinnipiac Visits Lacrosse For Mid-Week Clash
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK - The Columbia lacrosse team will play its fourth straight home game on Wednesday, April 6 when it hosts Quinnipiac for a mid-week non-conference matchup.  The Lions will look to snap the Bobcats' six-game win streak.

Columbia is coming off a 13-6 setback to No. 8 Penn on Sunday, April 3.  Karlee Blank made 14 saves for the Lions, Taylor Gattinella had a pair of goals, while Kacie Johnson, Paige Cuscovitch, Olivia Mann, and Camille Richardson each chipped in single tallies.

Quinnipiac dropped its first three games of the season, but bounced back to win its next six to give them a 6-3 record overall, and a perfect 4-0 mark in the NEC.  Thirteen different players have registered at least a point for the Bobcats in a well balanced attacking unit.  Marissa Caroleo and Lauren Matuszczak have combined for 63 points this season, with Caroleo pacing the team with 28 goals and five assists for 33 points, and Matuszczak just behind her with 30 points from 19 goals and 11 assists.  Noelle Martello has played a majority of the time in goal for Quinnipiac, and sports a 11.02 goals against average.

Johnson has registered at least a point in 18 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 this season with 24.

Gattinella currently ranks fifth all-time in career draw controls with 89.  Her first two seasons she finished with 37 draws each, and has a team-high 15 so far this year. Carrie Anderer '06CC currently holds the career record for draws with 112.

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

Be sure to come to Robert K. Kraft Field on Friday, April 15 as the Lions take on Yale at 4 p.m.  The game is the last home matchup of the season for the Lions, and the last home game ever for the Class of 2011.  The team's six seniors will be honored in a ceremony prior to the game.

Columbia will hit the road for the first time since mid-March when it travels to Lafayette on Wednesday, April 13 for a 7 p.m. game in Easton, Pa.