NEW YORK - Despite a school record-setting eight goals by sophomore Kacie Johnson, Columbia dropped a 13-12 overtime decision to Quinnipiac on Wednesday, April 6.
Quinnipiac's Devon Gitney finished on a feed from Christine Sinnigen 2:33 into overtime which proved to be the game-winner. The Lions had their chances in the six-minute extra period, but Noelle Martello came up with two huge saves to help the Bobcats to their seventh-straight win.
The first half was a shootout as the two teams scored 16 combined goals in the first 30 minutes of action.
In the back-and-forth affair, it was Quinnipiac that struck first 1:37 into the game, but Columbia answered with three straight to take a 3-1 lead. Johnson started her record-setting game with the Lions' first goal when she beat Martello on a nice pass from Gabrielle Geronimos. Johnson then found Taylor Gattinella who finished on a well placed shot before Johnson scored her second of the game just under six minutes into the half.
The Bobcats answered back with a three-goal run of their own over the next two and a half minutes to reclaim a slim one-goal lead. Six minutes later it was Johnson again who showed her domination around the crease scoring a pair of quick goals less than a minute apart to put the Lions ahead 5-4.
Again Quinnipiac evened the score before Melissa Peterson connected with Camille Richardson in front of the goal and finished on a beautiful far post shot to make it 6-5, Columbia.
The visiting team scored four more times to close out the half and take a 9-7 lead into the break.
Johnson picked up where she left off with another goal to open up the second half, but the Bobcats scored three of the next four to take their largest lead of the day at 12-9 with 12:41 to play.
The Lions came roaring back to score three straight inlcuding a goal from Gattinella and two more from Johnson to knot the score at 12-12 with 2:02 to play, ultimately forcing the extra period.
Caroline Seery continued her stellar play on the defensive end and finished with a game-high four caused turnovers, five groundballs, and a draw control. Johnson had 15 shots and finished with nine points on eight goals and an assist, while Gattinella had two goals, an assist, four draw controls and four groundballs. Karlee Blank made eight saves in goal.
Columbia (1-8, 0-4 Ivy League) returns to action on Wednesday, April 13 when it travels to Lafayette.