ITHACA, N.Y. - In the Columbia lacrosse team’s first road game on Saturday, March 8, senior Paige Cuscovitch scored three points against Cornell, including a goal and a pair of assists, to join the programs prestigious 100 career point club. Despite a 13-6 loss, the Lions saw scores from four different players led by a hat trick from Kate Murphy,her second on the season.
The Big Red used a big offensive run in the first half to create an early seven-point cushion. With the score tied at 1-1 following a free-position score from Katie Angulo at 26:25, Cornell went on to score seven unanswered goals to take a 8-1 lead at 3:15 in the half. Cuscovitch put in a score in the closing seconds of the half as the Lions trailed 8-2 at the break.
After another run of three straight goals to begin the second half for Cornell, Columbia ended its scoring drought at 20:30 as Cuscovitch found Murphy for her first score. The pair repeated their performance six minutes later to trim the deficit to 11-4. At 9:36, the Lions scored its third unanswered goal behind the setup from Murphy to Sarah Greenberg.
The Big Red responded with two straight goals, including a game-high fourth goal from Cornell’s Lindsay Toppe, to hold off the Lions. Murphy scored her third goal in the half with an assist from first-year Ryan Bathras in the final seconds as Columbia falls short 13-6.
The Lions dropped to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the Ivy League following the defeat, but will continue its four-game road swing with a couple of west coast games up next. Columbia returns to action on Monday, March 17 when they take on USC at noon.