CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Columbia field hockey defeated Harvard 3-1 in its final game of the season on Saturday, November 6. Sophomore Gabby Kozlowski's scored her 16th goal of the season, setting a new single-season record. Julia Garrison and Carson Christus also had goals for the Lions in the win. The win marked the fourth straight for Columbia over Harvard.
"We finished the season playing the caliber of hockey we knew we could play," said head coach Marybeth Freeman. "We had some fantastic goals scored today by Gabby, Carson, and Julia, all of which were set up beautifully and technically well executed. I am proud of this team ... in their belief in each other and willingness to hold themselves and their teammates to a high standard. That's how we develop a team."
Ten minutes into the game, Kozlowski ripped a shot that hit off the post, but managed to collect her own rebound and put it away to give Columbia an early 1-0 lead at 12:23. By doing so, she broke the previous single-season record of 15 goals set by recent Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Nikki Campbell back in 2000.
"Congratulation to Gabby for breaking the single-season scoring record," added Freeman. "Her hardwork and desire to want this honor, while putting her team first, is huge. It is fitting she reached her goal in the final game of the season while playing some of our best hockey."
The Lions pushed their lead to two about six minutes later. Caitlin Mullins fed the ball from the left side to Christus who redirected it at 18:17 to put Columbia up 2-0.
Columbia's offense continued to pressure the Crimson, and tacked on one more goal to close out the first half. The Lions converted on a perfectly executed corner - Mullins sent the ball to Hannah Smith at the top of the circle, and who stopped it and passed it to Garrison. The senior fired a low shot to the far corner to give Columbia a 3-0 lead entering the break.
Columbia outshot Harvard 11-1 in the first half, and had a 3-0 advantage in corners.
The Crimson offense came out strong in the second half, but Christie O'Hara was up for the challenge, making all six of her saves in the second stanza. Harvard finally got on the board at 58:41 when Chloe Keating scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season to cut the Crimson's deficit to two.
But the Lions defense stayed strong and held on for a 3-1 win.
The Lions finish the season at 10-7 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League. This marks the fourth consecutive winning season for Columbia.