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Lacrosse Set To Take On Vermont At Robert K. Kraft Field

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 03/16/2012
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Columbia women's lacrosse team will play its first of two straight home games at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. The Lions look to defeat the Catamounts of Vermont for the third consecutive time in over five years.

INSIDE THE SERIES

The battle between the Catamounts and the Lions dates back to their first meeting in 1997 with a 14-8 Vermont win. The all-time series is currently knotted at 2-2. Columbia has won the last two meetings, including an impressive 20-15 win in 2006. The Lions' victory was led by record setting performances en route to capturing the eighth win of that season, the second most in program history. Holly Glynn had six assists in the contest to set a single-game record for Columbia that still stands. Junior Kate Lombard scored six goals and added an assist to finish with seven points to pace the game.

NATIONAL STATISTICS

Columbia ranks in the nation's top 20 in caused turnovers, tied with New Hampshire at #19. The team has caused 37 turnovers in four contests posting a game average of 9.25. The Lions are led by senior Amanda Goodhart, who ranks sixth nationally averaging 2.5 caused turnovers per game with a total of 10 on the year.

Also representing the Lions defense is first-year goalkeeper Skylar Dabbar. She entered the top 50 in saves per game this week averaging seven. Dabbar has tallied a total of 27 saves in four games this season.

Junior Kacie Johnson continues to be an offensive force to start this season. Johnson was announced the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, March 5. This marked the second time she has received such an honor, getting the first on April 11, 2011.  She currently ranks #14 nationally at 4.75 points per game with a total of 19 points in four games. She also ranks in the top 20 in assists per game averaging 2.0 on eight total assists at #18.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

Johnson continues to make her mark in the Columbia program. With 127 career points she ties Adie Moll at fourth all-time. In only her third season she ranks eighth all-time in goals scored with 79 and third all-time in assists with 48. She is only four assists away from becoming second all-time, surpassing Holly Glynn's mark of 52.

On Saturday, February 25 senior Taylor Gattinella became Columbia's all-time leader in draw controls breaking the mark of 112 set by Carrie Anderer in 2006. She continues to add to her total this season tallying 124 career draw controls through four games. Gattinella also ranks fifth all-time in career groundballs with a current total of 106. She is only three groundballs from moving up to fourth all time over Marisa Marcellino at 108.

LAST TIME OUT

The Lions suffered a 14-10 home defeat to Brown on Saturday, March 3. Johnson, who tallied a game high six points on four goals and two assists, led the Columbia push. Gattinella added three goals to go along with a game high three caused turnovers and groundballs. Columbia moves to 1-3 on the season and 0-2 in Ivy Leagie play.

 SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS

Vermont enters Saturday's game at 4-2 following a 13-9 loss to Dartmouth. Samantha Stern leads the Catamounts with a team high 25 points on the season, including 10 goals and 15 assists. She is joined by Sydney Mas who has scored 16 goals in six games on the year. Jen Johnson is in her 8th year as the head coach.

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