NEW YORK - On Saturday, March 23, the Columbia women’s lacrosse team went toe-to-toe with one of the top lacrosse programs in the country in No. 13 Dartmouth at Robert K. Kraft Field. The Lions spurred a second half comeback from a four goal deficit that fell just short in the closing minute for an 8-7 loss.
Despite the one point loss, Kacie Johnson led Columbia with four points including three goals and an assist. After a quick Dartmouth goal in the opening 30 seconds of play, Johnson put Columbia on the board at 26:39.
Johnson gave the Lions its first lead of the game at 2-1 with a quick move from behind the net for another score at 25:29. Her second score of the game marked the 135th career goal for the senior. The Wilton, Conn. native is now Columbia’s all-time career goals leader, breaking the previous record of 134 held by Holly Glynn (‘09CC).
The Lions came out with a nice flow to its offense early in the first half with a number of aggressive attacks. Paige Cuscovitch gave Columbia its largest lead of the game at 3-1 with a score off the free-position shot at 22:11. The Big Green regrouped after a quick timeout to string together three unanswered goals to close the half to take a 4-3 lead at the break.
Columbia would strike first in the second half with a goal by Kate Murphy in the opening three minutes to tie the game at 4-4. Dartmouth’s Liz Calby sparked another Big Green run in the game scoring two of four straight goals for the top-ranked team.
With 11:19 remaining in half, the Lions began on the comeback trail as Johnson scored her third goal of the game to trim the deficit to 8-5. Next, she found Kelly Buechel in front of the net for the score at 10:08 as the Columbia jumped on the Big Green’s heels at 8-6. Buechel would bring the Lions within one point after finding the back of the net with a great spin move between two Dartmouth defenders at 4:50 remaining.
With just under two minutes in the game, Ashley Rinere maneuvered free for a good a shot that bounced of the left post. Dartmouth recovered the ground ball and held on to hand the Lions an 8-7 loss. Columbia falls to 1-7 on the season and 0-2 in the Ivy League.
Up next, Columbia will travel to Princeton on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. for another Ivy League game.