Lions Top Brown 4-1 in Ivy League Debut
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Columbia field hockey won its fourth-straight game after beating Brown, 4-1, in its Ivy League opener. The Lions (4-2) scored four unanswered goals, all in the second half, to earn the victory.
Columbia continued its strong offensive play, outshooting the Bears 24-10 in the contest. Christie O'Hara made five saves to earn the win in goal.
"We came out a bit flat in the first half and couldn't capitalize on our attack opportunities," said head coach Marybeth Freeman. "Brown played solid defense and to their credit, made some big-time plays."
"Creaghan Peters had a dominant performance in the second half," continued Freeman. "That helped us sustain pressure and win the 50/50 balls in our middle and attack third of the field."
The Lions blitzed the Bears with four shots on the opening four minutes of action, but Brown net-minder Shannon McSweeney was equal to the task, stopping each attempt.
Columbia continued to dictate play for much of the first half, but could not break through. That left the door open for the Bears, who cashed in after Meghan O'Donnell scored with just 33 seconds before halftime. O'Donnell followed up an initial shot and found the back of the net to give Brown the 1-0 advantage into the break.
Gabby Kozlowski provided the equalizer in the 45th minute, deflecting a shot from Bridget DeSandis in the upper left corner for her fifth tally of the year. A little over three minutes later, Liz Malone scored what proved to be the game-winner after putting home a rebound off of an initial shot by Christina Freibott.
In the 60th minute, the Bears accidently put the ball into their own goal to put Columbia on top, 3-1. Brown would have an opportunity to get back into the match after a penalty stroke was awarded with just under five minutes to play. However, O'Hara came up with a clutch stick save on Kelsey Grossman's shot to preserve the two-goal lead.
The Lions return home to face Cornell on Friday, September 21 at the Baker Stadium Complex. Game-time is set for 4:00 p.m.