EASTON, PA. - The Columbia lacrosse led at the half and held on for a 13-11 road victory over Lafayette on Wednesday, April 13. Eight different Lions scored for Columbia, while Karlee Blank made 14 saves in goal.
For the first time since the first game of the season, it was Columbia that struck first on a goal by Camille Richardson on a feed from Taylor Gattinella. The goal sparked a four-goal run as the Lions built a 4-0 lead 16:13 into the game. Four different players scored during that span including Gattinella, Paige Cuscovitch and Kacie Johnson.
Lafayette used a defensive caused turnover to counter attack and get on the board with a goal by Addie Godfrey a minute and a half later, but Johnson answered back with her second goal with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Leopards came alive to score four of the next five goals including two just 17 seconds apart to make it 6-5 Columbia with 3:18 to play in the half. The Lions worked for the last shot and Gabrielle Geronimos converted on a free position shot with seconds remaining to give Columbia a slim 7-5 lead entering the break.
Godfrey cut Lafayette's deficit to one with a goal 35 seconds into the second half, but the Lions erupted for six unanswered goals over a 12 minute span to take a commanding 13-6 lead midway through the second stanza.
The run was started with back-to-back free position goals by Kelly Buechel and Johnson, as well as a Sarah Avallone finish on a feed from Geronimos all in just 1:07 of play. Gattinella struck next and assisted goals by Johnson and Emily Kager to give Columbia its largest lead of the game.
From there on out Lafayette peppered the Lions' defense with a number of shots and began a late rally starting on an unassisted goal by Jessica Rothstein with 9:54 remaining. The Leopards scored five straight including two in the last minute of the game, but Blank came up with a number of point blank saves to preserve the Lions' lead.
Lafayette won 14 draws compared to Columbia's 12, outshot the Lions 32-21, and held a 23-17 advantage in ground balls. Cuscovitch finished with a goal, three groundballs and three draw controls, Gattinella had two goals, three assists, two groundballs and two draws, while Johnson had a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists. Both Kager and Avallone's goals were their first of the season.
Columbia (2-8, 0-4 Ivy League) returns to action on Friday, April 15 when it hosts Yale for its final home game of the season.