VESTAL, N.Y. - The Columbia lacrosse team led 9-5 at the half, but Binghamton dominated the second half, ultimately edging the Lions 12-11 on Saturday, April 30. It marked the final game of the season for Columbia.
After setting a program record for most goals in a game (eight vs. Quinnipiac) earlier this season, sophomore Kacie Johnson set another record in the season finale. Johnson's five points against the Bearcats brings her season total to 59, besting the previous single-season high of 55 set by Holly Glynn '09CC in 2008.
Junior co-captain Taylor Gattinella won four draws in the game, bringing her season total to 38, a personal-best, and her career total to 112, tying the all-time record set by Carrie Anderer '06CC.
Gattinella won the opening draw and put Columbia on the board 53 seconds into the game. Binghamton won the ensuing draw, but Caroline Seery came up with a big turnover as the Lions counter-attacked and Johnson fed a ball to Gattinella who buried her second goal of the game.
Binghamton answered back with a free position goal, but Gattinella picked up her third goal, this one assisted by Kelly Buechel, just 6:17 into the game. Johnson set up Gabrielle Geronimos to push Columbia's lead to 4-1 prompting a Bearcat's timeout.
Binghamton came out and scored to cut its deficit to one before the two teams traded goals over the next five minutes, including a tally by senior Emily Kager to make it 5-3 in favor of the Lions with 13:05 to go in the half.
Columbia went on a three-goal run over a 3:51 span, including a pair by Paige Cuscovitch and one from Johnson to push its lead to five, and prompting the second Binghamton timeout of the half.
The Bearcats scored two of the final three goals to close out the half, with Camille Richardson adding one for the Lions.
Buechel got things started in the second half with an unassisted goal, but Binghamton would answer back with a five-goal run to knot the score at 10-10 with 10:23 remaining in the game.
Ashley Rinere cut the Bearcats run when she finished on a feed from Johnson to give Columbia the lead, but it was short lived as the home team scored a minute and a half later to even the score at 11-11 with 8:14 on the clock.
A goal by Lis Zuern with 2:30 to play proved to be the difference, as Binghamton held on for a 12-11 win.
Columbia concludes the season 4-11 overall and 1-6 in the Ivy League.