NEW HANOVER, N.H. – In their third road game this week, the Columbia women’s lacrosse team put up a strong fight at Dartmouth on Saturday, March 22. The Lions used a second-half offensive surge, including a four-goal game from first-year Taylor Quinn, to cut into an early first-half deficit. However, the Big Green saw scores from six different players to fight off the Lion’s comeback to hand Columbia a 12-9 defeat.
The Big Green imposed their will throughout the first half to jump out to a sizeable lead over Columbia. Behind eight saves on nine shots by Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth held the Lions scoreless for the opening 25 minutes of play and added five unanswered goals to lead 5-0 at the 5:30 mark. Columbia ended the drought with a score by Quinn at 4:30, as she finished off the assist from Kate Murphy. The Lions found themselves with an early four-goal deficit at the break with the score at 5-1.
To begin the second half, Ashley Rinere orchestrated a strong move to find Quinn for her second goal of the game just three minutes into play. The Big Green quickly responded with a score at 25:23, but the quickness of Quinn sparked the Lions offense as she put in her third goal at 24:07 to trim the deficit to 6-3. Murphy tallied her second assist of the game at 21:03 when she found a cutting Jessie Ambrose and Paige Cuscovitch brought the Lions with in one with her first goal at 20:33. In just ten minutes of play, the Lions rallied off four goals to only trail 6-5.
Datrmouth’s Jaclyn Leto posted her fourth goal of the game to briefly stop the Columbia run at 19:40. Columbia’s Quinn responded with her fourth goal one minute later, from Murphy’s season-high third assist, to bring the Lions back within one at 7-6. The Big Green worked a tough score to take an 8-6 lead midway through the second half.
At 11:03, Dartmouth extend its lead to 9-6 with another score and went on to outscore Columbia 4-3 through the remainder of the game to hold off the Lion’s comeback push. Rinere posted a score at 6:37 to go along with an assist for two points on the day. Ambrose picked up her second goal of the game at 3:24 and Katie Angulo added a goal in the closing seconds to give Columbia scores from five different players on the day.
After a four-game road swing, the Lions are 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Ivy League. Columbia will be back in action at home on Wednesday, March 26 against Princeton at 7 p.m. on Robert K. Kraft Field.