NEW YORK – On a brisk windy day at Robert K. Kraft Field on Wednesday, March 26, the Columbia women’s lacrosse team hosted its first home game in four against Ivy League foe Princeton. With scoring from nine different players for the Tigers, Princeton dropped the Lions15-5 on a tough day on the field. Despite the loss, Paige Cuscovitch tallied four goals for the third time this season.
The senior also collected four ground balls to push her career total to 117, which moves her into second on the program’s all-time list. She surpassed both Taylor Gatiinella ‘12CC and Antoinette Allen ‘00CC who both hold 116 career ground balls.
Through the opening nine minutes of play, Columbia grabbed a 2-1 lead after Cuscovitch netted her first goal of the game just minutes after a free-position score from fellow senior captain Ashley Rinere. The Tigers responded with a 5-0 run to lead the Lions 6-2 at 9:53. Cuscovitch’s second goal at 7:17 ended the Columbia drought, but Princeton’s Anna Doherty tallied her second goal in the final seconds of the half to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead at the break.
Princeton fired two straight goals to begin the second-half in three minutes of action. Cuscovtich once again stepped up on the offensive side for the Lions with back-to-back goals to trim the Columbia deficit to 9-5 at 19:00. Princeton went on to score six unanswered to win 15-5.
The Lions drop 2-5 overall and 0-4 in conference play with the loss. On Sunday, March 30, Columbia will look to bounce back on the road in Emmitsburg, Md. as they take on Mount St. Mary’s at 12 p.m.