NEW YORK - Columbia rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to tie the game at halftime, then scored the next two goals of the game on its way to a 4-2 victory over Hofstra on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at Baker Athletics Complex.
The win is the third straight for Columbia, which improved its record to 3-2 on the season. Hofstra sees its record stand at 4-3.
Hofstra stuck first, four minutes into the game, when Jonel Boileau fed Lauren Del Valle on a two on one breakaway. The goal gave the Pride a quick 1-0 advantage.
After Hofstra controlled possession throughout the early part of the first half, Columbia gradually began to maintain the ball and find its way into the Hofstra zone.
The Lions' hard work paid off with 3:46 left in the half when Columbia's Katie DeSandis knocked home a loose ball in front of the cage after a penalty corner to tie the score at 1-1.
The teams headed into intermission tied at 1-1 and just three minutes into the second half, Columbia took the lead for good. Christina Freibott found Molly Andrews streaking toward the cage and Andrews knocked one past the Hofstra keeper for her second tally of the season, one that put Columbia in front, 2-1.
Hofstra's Boileau had a chance to knot the score later in the half, firing a shot and a rebound of her shot on the cage but Columbia goalie Christie O'Hara was right there to make the two saves and keep the Lions ahead by a goal.
Columbia got some needed insurance with eight minutes left to play. Freibott again was the catalyst, finding Liz Malone in front to redirect one home to give Columbia a 3-1 advantage.
The insurance was necessary since Hofstra's Boileau scored just 38 seconds later to get the Pride within a goal at 3-2 with 7:07 remaining in the game.
As the clock wound down under six minutes, Columbia got a penalty corner opportunity. Katie DeSandis found the back of the net for the second time in the game, getting her stick on a loose ball in front and redirecting it home to put the Lions back in front by two, 4-2.
O'Hara made six saves in goal for Columbia, while Hofstra keeper Kaitlyn De Turo posted five saves.
The Lions will begin Ivy League play this Sunday, September 16 at Brown at 1 p.m.