NEW YORK - On tap for the Columbia women’s lacrosse team this week is a 3 p.m. road game at No. 18 Albany on Wednesday, April 16. The Lions, 3-7 overall, will face one of its toughest opponents this season in the 10-2 Great Danes.
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LAST TIME OUT
On a sunny afternoon at Yale, Columbia traveled to the Bulldogs on Saturday, April 12 looking for its first Ivy League win of the season. The Lions gave Yale all they could handle, including a strong second-half charge led by a hat rick from Paige Cuscovitch.
Just like they’ve done all year, the Lion’s fight jumped up a notch in the second-half. The Bulldogs opened the half with a pair of goals to take a 7-1 lead at 29:11 to give Columbia its largest deficit of the game. Cuscovitch responded with a goal at 27:38 to spark a fierce Columbia run. The captain stepped up to score three straight goals in less than four minutes to grab some early offensive momentum. The Bulldogs would hold on in the final minutes to escape the Lions, 9-6.
IVY LEAGUE WEEKLY HONORS
In the Ivy League Weekly performance released on April 14, the Lions posted another pair of selections to the honor roll. Cuscovitch earned her fourth weekly honor of the season behind five points, four ground balls and two caused turnovers in t games against UMBC and Yale. Taylor Quinn earned her third weekly honor after a tally of five points, five draw controls and eight ground balls in those games.
THE 100 CLUB
Against UMBC on Wednesday, April 9, Cuscovitch scored her 100th career goal in the second half to become the sixth Columbia player to reach the prestigious milestone. She currently stands fourth all-time with a total of 104 goals. Cuscovitch scored three points against Cornell on Saturday, March 8, including a goal and a pair of assists, to join the programs prestigious 100 career points club. Cuscovitch became the 11th player to reach the 100-point mark and with a new career total of 119 points, she ranks seventh all-time.
Through ten games, first-year Taylor Quinn has continued to be an instrumental force on the field for the Lions. With an average of 3.60 ground balls, Quinn stands second in the country. She has compiled at least four ground balls in seven of the last eight games for an Ivy League leading 36 ground balls.
INSIDE THE SERIES
|0-5, Ivy League||Conference||2-1, America East|
|9.30||Goals Per Game||14.75|
|Paige Cuscovitch (28 pts.)||Leading Scorer(s)||Rachel Bowles (53 pts.)|
|Colleen Packer (3-7) (57 saves)||Goalkeeper||Anna Berman (9-2) (72 saves)|
The 10-2 Great Danes will host the Lions for its final home game of the season on Wednesday. No. 18 Albany’s two losses this year have come at the hands of No 3 Syracuse and No. 15 Stony Brook. The team boasts a Tweaarton Watch List selection in midfielder Allie Phelan and a 50-plus point scorer in Rachel Bowles. Albany shoots 50% from the field and holds one the nation’s top-three scoring margins at 7.75.