Lacrosse Hits the Road for Mid-Week Matchup at Bucknell

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Dennis Mullins

LEWISBURG, PA. - The Columbia lacrosse team will travel to Lewisburg, Pa., on Wednseday, April 13 for a non-conference matchup against Bucknell.  The Lions will look for its third straight win when it takes on the Bison on Wednesday afternoon.

Columbia used an eight-goal second half to power past Yale for its first Ivy League home win in program history. The teams were tied 2-2 at the break after a defensive first half, but the Lions came out roaring in the second and closed the game on a six unanswered goals to win its second straight. Karlee Blank had 15 saves in goal, Kelly Buechel had a game-high five draw controls and Paige Cuscovitch had a team-high four goals.

Bucknell is 3-11 entering Wednesday's game and is coming off a 17-11 win against Manhattan.  The Bison have three players with 33 points as Julia Braun and Ali Carey have an identical 27 goals and six assists, while Katelyn Miller owns a well balanced 20 goals and 13 assists.  Alyssa DeLorenz has played all but seven minutes in goal this season and sports a 14.63 goals against average.

Bucknell will be providing live stats for the game as well as a video webcast (subscription required).

Junior goalie Karlee Blank was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on April 18 after making 29 saves to help the Lions to a 2-0 week. Blank had 14 saves against Lafayette on April 13 as Columbia came away with a 13-11 victory, and followed that up with 15 saves in a 10-3 win against Yale. The three goals surrendered was a career-low, and she now has five games with double-digit saves so far this season.

Kacie Johnson has registered at least a point in 20 straight games, dating back to March 17, 2010, and has registered a point in all but one game in her 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 44.

Taylor Gattinella has moved up to third all-time in career draw controls with 98.  Her first two seasons she finished with 37 draws each, and has a team-high 24 so far this year. Carrie Anderer '06CC currently holds the career record for draws with 112.

Columbia will close out the season with three more road games beginning with a 1 p.m. matchup at Harvard on Saturday, April 23.

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