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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Columbia Heads to Penn Friday, Hosts No. 15 Drexel Sunday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 10/11/2012
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NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team returns to Ivy League action on Friday night at Penn before welcoming No. 15 Drexel to the Baker Athletics Complex on Sunday.

Sunday's tilt will be a Breast Cancer Awareness game. There will be a table set up at the Columbia Field Hockey venue for fans in attendance to donate to the Herbert Irvine Cancer Center. Any donations would be appreciated and be sure to wear pink to the game.

The Lions (7-4, 2-1) dropped a 2-0 decision on the road to No. 23 Albany last Sunday. The teams combined for just eight shots on goal in the defensive battle. Freshman Kimberly Pianucci made three stops in the game, making her second consecutive start in net.

Senior Gabby Kozlowski continues her charge towards becoming Columbia's all-time leading goal scorer. With her 38 career tallies, she is just three away from the career record held by Nikki Campbell.

The Quakers (6-5, 1-2) have dropped two of their last three games, but are coming off a 4-0 win against Radford on Oct. 7. Sarrah Hasson and Julie Tahan each have six goals to lead the team, while Elizabeth Hitti is Penn's main facilitator with six assists. Goalkeeper Carly Sockach has started all 11 games this season with a 2.89 GAA and a .701 save percentage.

Columbia improved to 6-10 all-time against Penn after a 5-1 triumph at home last season. Molly Andrews and Gabby Kozlowski each scored in the win. Marlee Silverstein earned the win in goal after making three stops.

The Dragons (10-4) have won five of their last six heading into their contest against No. 11 Iowa on Friday. They have beaten five ranked opponents, highlighted by a season-opening win against then-ranked No. 5 Duke on Aug. 24.

Amanda Fleischut paces the offensive attack with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. Jantien Gunter will be expected to get the nod in goal. She has a 1.56 GAA and a .758 save percentage.

Drexel won the first meeting between the squads, 5-3, last year in Philadelphia.

Game-time for Friday night is set for 6:15 p.m., while Sunday's game will be a 1:00 p.m. matinee. Live stats will be available for both games. Admission to the Drexel game is free at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue.

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