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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Lacrosse To Face UConn At Home

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/06/2012
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - On Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m., the Columbia women's lacrosse team will host UConn at Robert K. Kraft Field in Lawrence A. Wien Stadium.  The Lions will face their first Big East opponent in over 10 years in the Huskies. Follow the game with live stats by clicking the link above.

INSIDE THE SERIES

This marks the first home matchup between Columbia and UConn. The all-time series is knotted at 1-1 dating back to the teams' meetings in 1997 and 1998.  The Lions captured a 9-8 double overtime victory in the last meeting, in a neutral site game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

LAST TIME OUT

Nine different players scored for No. 8 Penn as Columbia fell 19-8 to the league leading Quakers on Saturday, April 1. 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 Lions drop to 1-8, 0-5 in the Ivy League.

IVY LEAGUE & NATIONAL STATISTICS

Columbia has climbed into the nation's top 20 in groundballs per game at #20. The team has 153 groundballs over nine games to post a game average of 17.00.  The Lions continue to be amongst the nations best in caused turnovers. Senior Amanda Goodhart, who ranks 12th in the country, leads Columbia and stands atop the Ivy League averaging 1.89 caused turnovers per game with a total of 17.

Following an impressive weekend, Dabbar improves to a #29 overall national ranking in saves per game. She has tallied 72 total saves to average seven saves per game. Dabbar's efforts over Iona and Penn earned her a spot on the Ivy League weekly performance honor roll.

Johnson leads the offensive charge for the Lions while currently leading the league with 45 total points in nine games. She ranks 6th nationally with an average 5.00 per game and ranks at #22 in assists per game at 2.11, with a total of 19 on the season.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

With 153 career points Johnson stands tied for third all-time with Brittany Shannon '10CC. The junior moved to sixth all-time in goals scored with 94, surpassing Rachael Ryan's '09CC mark of 87 set in 2009.  The team assists leader has 59 career assists and stands second all-time, moving past Columbia standout Holly Glynn's '09CC mark of 52.

Goodhart has proven to be a staple on the defensive end causing a career total of 65 turnovers. She currently places third all-time, surpassing the 59 caused turnovers by Whitney Crisman '02CC and Kristin Connors '03CC. Goodhart is only four caused turnovers from the second place record of 69.

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 142 career draw controls through nine games. Gattinella ranks third all-time in career groundballs with112, surpassing Emma Mintz '09CC record of 111.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES

UConn is 6-4 this season, and will enter the game on Friday, following a 14-5 loss to to Rutgers, their third straight. The Huskies have three players who have tallied over 20 points so far this season - Mary Lapham has scored a team high 33 goals and 41 points, while Kristen Tupper leads the team in assists with 14 and adds 20 goals for 34 points. Lauren Kahn joins with 19 goals and nine assists for 28 points.
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