Emmitsburg, Md.– For the first time in program history, the Columbia women’s lacrosse team held its opponent scoreless to come away with a shutout victory on the road on Sunday, March 30 at Mount St. Mary’s. The Lions put together one of its best performances on the year grabbing an 11-0 win over the Mount.
Columbia saw scores from six different players, highlighted by a career day from Jessie Ambrose. The sophomore led the offense with a career-high six points behind a hat trick and a season-high three assist.
Ambrose began the game sharing the wealth, picking up a pair of assist on Columbia’s opening scores. Ashley Rinere found the back of the net after the Ambrose pass at 25:36, for the first goal, and Kate Murphy capitalized five minutes later at 20:46.
Rinere returned the favor on an assist to Ambrose at 17:58 and Ambrose added her second score at 8:48. Rinere tallied her second goal about two minutes later and senior Paige Cuscovitch became the next recipient of an Ambrose assist at 1:57. Tegan Helms and Kaitlin Brophy added to the Lions first-half soring barrage in the finals minutes to give Columbia 8-0 lead at the break.
Behind solid second-half defense and scores from Cuscovitch, Ambrose and Brophy, Columbia went on to roll the Mount 11-0 for the win.
The Lion’s defense remained in high form throughout the day to record his first shutout victory. The defense caused 15 turnovers and goalkeeper Colleen Packer made a total of seven saves in goal. The squad was aggressive from the starting draw, including five ground-balls from both Cuscovitch and Taylor Quinn. Quinn also tallied a game-high six draw controls.
Columbia improves to 3-5 overall with the win and will be back in action at Robert K. Kraft Field on Wednesday, April 9 to host UMBC at 5 p.m.