NEW YORK - The Columbia women's lacrosse team opens the 2013 season against Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. For the second straight season, the Lions will take on the Mount in their home opener on Robert K. Kraft Field.
ABOUT THE LIONS
Columbia is filled with a mix of young talent and the return solid veteran leadership. The Lions bring back 13 of 19 athletes from last year, including two All-Ivy League performers.
Senior attacker Kacie Johnson garnered an All-Ivy League first team selection last season, becoming only the second player in program history to earn the honor. She was the first player since Carrie Anderer '06CC in 2005 to be named to the first team.
Johnson put together a stellar junior season setting two Columbia single season records in points and assists, and ranked atop the Ivy League in all offensive categories. The two-time Offensive Player of the week finished the regular season with 73 points to lead the conference. She ranked seventh nationally with an average of 4.87 points per game and was 17th in assists per game at 2.13, with a league leading 32 on the year.
With 180 career points, Johnson surpassed Marisa Marcellino's mark of 164 set in 2008, to move up to second all-time in program history. The team leader in assists, has 72 career assists and stands second on the all-time list, and moved past Columbia standout Holly Glynn's '09CC mark of 52 last year. Johnson tallied four goals and five assists for a season-high nine points as Columbia defeated Lafayette, 19-11, last April. Johnson's four scores moved her to third all-time in goals scored and became only the fifth player to reach the 100 goal mark.
Junior Paige Cuscovitch had a breakout sophomore season becoming an offensive force for the Lions and received an All-Ivy League honorable mention nod. Behind seven hat tricks on the year, the midfielder registered 41 points on 36 goals and five assists. She also led the team in ground balls with a career-high 36.
INSIDE THE SERIES
These two teams met for the first time in program history last season at Robert K. Kraft Field. On a rainy day in New York City, Cuscovitch scored four goals to lead the Columbia to a 14-5 victory.
SCOUTING THE MOUNT
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (2012 Record: 8-11, 6-3 NEC)
-Fell to Monmouth 11-3 in the NEC title game in Fairfield, Conn.
Gabe Little (Jr. Def, Hampstead, Md.): NEC All-Tournament, 2nd-Team All-NEC (23 caused miscues, 31 ground balls)
Lindsay Diaz (Jr. MF, Timonium, Md.): 2nd-Team All-NEC (57 draw controls, 26 ground balls, 16 caused turnovers, 17 goals)
Erin Seipp (So. A/MF, Towson, Md.): NEC All-Rookie Team (21 goals, 8 assists)
Meaghan Conlan (MF): 1st-Team All-NEC, NEC All-Tournament
Brigid McTavish (GK): NEC All-Tournament
Esther Rufolo, Jen Semler: 2nd-Team All-NEC