NEW YORK - The Columbia lacrosse team will play a pair of games this week, beginning with a road contest on Wednesday, April 13 at Lafayette. The Lions will then host Yale on Friday, April 15 for their final home contest of the season. The team's six seniors will be honored in a ceremony before the game on Friday afternoon.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite a school record-setting eight goals by sophomore Kacie Johnson, Columbia dropped a tough 13-12 overtime decision to Quinnipiac on Wednesday, April 6. Caroline Seery continued her impressive play on the defensive end and finished with a game-high four caused turnovers, five groundballs, and a draw control, and fellow senior defender Flannery Gallagher added two caused turnovers and a groundball. Johnson had 15 shots and finished with nine points on eight goals and an assist, while Taylor Gattinella had two goals, an assist, four draw controls and four groundballs. Karlee Blank made eight saves in goal.
SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
Lafayette is 2-10 overall this year and is coming off a 10-9 setback to American last week. Ana White and Addie Godfrey have paced the Leopards offensively this season, combining for 62 points. Godfrey has a team-high 25 goals, while White has a well-balanced 20 goals and 12 assists to go along with a team-high 31 caused turnovers. Lafayette has had two goalies split time in goal and have combined for 151 saves.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale is 2-9 this season entering Friday's game. Three Bulldogs have at least 10 points this season, led by Devon Rhodes who has 14 goals and four assists for 18 points. Just behind her is Caroline Crow who boasts 12 goals and four assists. Senior defender Kaitlyn Flatley has a team-high 14 caused turnovers, while Whitney Quackenbush has seen a majority of the time in cage and sports a 10.94 goals against average.
SALUTING THE SENIORS
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.
TALK ABOUT A STREAK
Johnson has registered at least a point in 19 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 33.
JOHNSON EARNS WEEKLY IVY LEAGUE HONORS
For her record-setting effort against Quinnipiac, Johnson was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on April 11. This was the first time the sophomore earned the weekly honor, and the second time this season a Columbia player was chosen, as Gattinella was the Offensive Player of the Week back on March 14.
READY, SET, DRAW!
Gattinella has moved up to third all-time in career draw controls with 93. Her first two seasons she finished with 37 draws each, and has a team-high 19 so far this year. Carrie Anderer '06CC currently holds the career record for draws with 112.
LEADING THE LIONS
Senior Gallagher, senior attacker Gabrielle Geronimos and junior midfielder Gattinella were named tri-captains for the 2011 season.
Columbia will close out the season with four road games beginning with a 4 p.m. matchup at Bucknell on Wednesday, April 20.