Lacrosse Wins Third Straight, Overpowers Bucknell 16-7
LEWISBURG, PA. - Eight different Lions scored in Columbia's 16-7 win over Bucknell on Wednesday, April 20. Olivia Mann had a game-high five goals while Gabrielle Geronimos finished with six points on four goals and two assists. Taylor Gattinella dominated the circle with five draw controls, and Karlee Blank had eight saves as Columbia won its third straight game to improve to 4-8.
Columbia struck first on an unassisted goal by Paige Cuscovitch, but the Bison answered back a minute later with a free position goal to make it 1-1 2:04 into the game.
The rest of the first half belonged to the Lions as they went on a nine-goal run to take a commanding 10-1 lead. Geronimos got things started with an unassisted tally, and Kelly Buechel followed that up with a goal of her own just 25 seconds later. Emily Kager, Olivia Mann and Geronimos each chipped in a pair of goals to close out the half.
Three minutes into the second stanza Camille Richardson pushed Columbia's lead to 10 on an unassisted goal . Columbia held Bucknell scoreless for 32 minutes, but the Bison finally cracked the Lions' defense with back-to-back free position goals to cut their deficit to eight.
The two teams traded goals three times over the next 14 minutes of play, including two by Mann and one from Geronimos, as Columbia led 14-6 with 5:45 remaining in the game.
Ashley Rinere scored her first collegiate goal on a nice feed from Geronimos, and Richardson connected with Mann to put Columbia up 16-6 with 4:56 to play.
The Lions outshot the Bison 38-20, held a 14-10 advantage in ground balls and won 15 draw controls compared the Bucknell's 10. Gattinella finished with five draws bringing her career total to 103, one shy of moving into second all-time. Lauren Pierce had three draw controls and a team-high two caused turnovers in the win.
Columbia (4-8, 1-4 Ivy) returns to action on Saturday, April 23 when it travels to Harvard.