OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Columbia used aggressive defense to rally from a four-goal deficit and cut the lead to one in the final minute of play, but could not overcome Yale’s early lead, losing to the Bulldogs 13-12. The game was part of a two-game charity event held at Long Island’s Oceanside High School by Lax Loves Long Island as part of a Hurricane Sandy Relief event.
Columbia took a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes, when Ashley Rinere scored the first two goals of the game on assists from Paige Cuscovitch and Kacie Johnson. After Yale’s Kerri Fleishhacker got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard, Johnson scored unassisted to give the Lions a 3-1 lead.
Yale scored the next four goals, with three by first-year Nicole Daniggelis. Cuscovitch scored near the 10-minute mark to make it 5-4 Yale, but Christina Doherty and Fleishhacker scored three goals in just under a minute to give the Bulldogs an 8-4 lead. Johnson, Cuscovitch and Kelly Buechel scored three of the next four Columbia goals to cut the lead to two and give Yale a 9-7 advantage at the half.
Yale dominated draw controls to open the second half and took a commanding 13-8 advantage after Johnson scored early in the period. With just under 20 minutes remaining, Columbia’s aggressive defense started to reap offensive benefits. Sarah Greenberg scored on a Johnson assist to make it 13-9, and Johnson scored unassisted less than two minutes later to make it 13-10 Yale. Greenberg scored again near the 10 minute mark on a free position shot to close the deficit to two, 13-11.
Columbia controlled a good portion of the possession from that point on, with shots hitting the crossbar three times. Cuscovitch made it a one goal game with 24 seconds remaining on a free position shot, but Yale won the ensuing draw and ran time out.
Columbia won the ground ball battle 21-11, and outshot Yale 30-26. The difference in the game was at the draw, where Yale held a 20-7 advantage.
Johnson finished with four goals to lead the Lions, adding two assists. Cuscovitch scored three goals, while Rinere and Greenberg both finished with two each.
Columbia returns to action on Wednesday, April 17, when they host Albany at 5 p.m.