Cuscovitch Scores Hat Trick In 12-4 Loss at Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG,Va. - Sophomore Paige Cuscovitch posted a hat trick, as the Columbia women's lacrosse team fell 12-4 to Virginia Tech in the regular season finale on Saturday, April 28. The Lions were led with three goals by Cuscovitch and a score from Junior Kacie Johnson. Senior Taylor Gattinella tallied three draw controls and senior Amanda Goodhart's caused turnover marked a program season record giving her 29 on the year. She surpassed the record of 28 set by Antoinette Allen in 1999.
The Hokies jumped out to an early lead scoring three straight goals to begin the game. Jessica Nonn scored just seconds after winning a draw to give Virginia Tech a 3-0 lead at 22:20 in the first half. Sophomore Paige Cuscovitch scored her 34th goal of the season at 13:36 to put Columbia on the board and trim the deficit to 3-1. Virginia Tech responded with another first half run, scoring four unanswered goals to close the half. Behind Nonn's second goal of the half and a pair of goals form Megan Will the Lions trailed 7-1 at the break.
The second half began like the first with the Hokies posting three consecutive scores in the first ten minutes to extend the lead to 10-1 at 20:04. Cuscovitch again responded for the Lions with a pair of goals at 17:51 and 17:29 to trim the deficit 10-3. The goal at 17:29 marked her third goal of the game and her ninth hat trick of the season. Virginia Tech retaliated with another pair of goals to hold the lead. After a late goal by Junior Kacie Johnson, her 41st on the year, Columbia would fall 12-4 to the Hokies. The Lions cap the season with a 2-13, 0-7 Ivy League record.
Johnson finishes the season with 181 career points, standing second all-time in Columbia history. The junior stands third all-time in goals scored with 108 and is the fifth player to reach the 100th goal mark. The team assists leader posted 72 career assists, standing second all-time behind a program season record 32 assists. With 73 points on the season, Johnson sets the new program mark surpassing her record of 59 achieved in 2011.
Gattinella caps a stellar career setting the Ivy League all-time record for draw controls at 163. She surpassed the century old mark of 141 set by Cornell's Jaimee Reynolds (1999-02) behind a program season record of 51 assists this year.
Gattinella set a Columbia season record for draw controls with 51 on the year. She surpassed the mark of 39 set by Carrie Anderer ('06CC) in 2004 and reached again by Olivia Mann in 2010. The senior also ranks second all-time for Columbia in career groundballs with 119, with a season-high 43 groundballs on the year.
Goodhart has caused a career total 77 turnovers, placing her second all-time, surpassing the 69 caused turnovers by Brynn Wumbrand '01CC. She is only the second player in Columbia history to reach the 70 mark along with Kate Lombard '07CC. Lombard owns the all-time record with 80.