Lacrosse Falls to #8 Penn, 19-8
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Nine different players scored for No. 8 Penn as the Columbia women's lacrosse team fall 19-8 to the league leading Quakers. The Lions had three players tally a pair of goals, including junior Kacie Johnson, senior Jenny Schiff, and sophomore Paige Cuscovitch.
Despite the loss, first-year goalkeeper Skylar Dabbar netted a career high 12 saves, including nine in the second half. A team leading five points in the game placed Johnson third all-time in Columbia history, with 153 career points. Johnson assisted on three goals for the second consecutive game and now stands second all-time with 59 career assists.
The Quakers ignited their offense early scoring two goals in the opening two minutes of play, taking a 2-0 lead at 28:20. Cuscovitch put the Lions on the board with a goal at 27:57 in the first. Penn responded with a strong run, scoring six consecutive goals to take an 8-1 lead at 6:16 in the half. With 2:39 remaining in the first half. Schiff scored her first goal of the game to give Columbia its second score, trimming the deficit to 8-2. The Quakers retaliated with a pair of goals to extend the lead to 10-2. After a Lions' score from first-year Courtney Cliffe at eight seconds and a quick Penn score at two seconds to close the half, Columbia trailed 11-3 at the break.
Columbia opened the second half with a goal from Johnson at 29:21, her first of two goals in the half. Cuscovitch added her second goal of the game at 27:34, off the Johnson assist, to cut the deficit to 11-5. The Lions saw scores from first-year Kaitlin Brophy, and both Schiff and Johnson scored their second goals of the game in the second half. Yet another strong offensive performance by the Quakers in the second held off the Lions' comeback hopes. Penn outscored Columbia 8-5 in the second half to take the game 19-8. Penn was paced by Erin Brennan and Shannon Mangini who each scored four goals. Columbia drops to 1-8, 0-5 in the Ivy League.
The Lions will return to action on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. as they host UConn at Robert K. Kraft Field.