Field Hockey Looks To Stay On Top At Dartmouth On Saturday
NEW YORK - Coming off home victories last week over Penn and Virginia Commonwealth, the Columbia field hockey team will look to continue its winning ways on Saturday when it heads up to Hanover, N.H., to face Ivy League foe Dartmouth at 12 p.m.
The game will feature live video and free live statistics through DartmouthSports.com. A day pass for Big Green Insider videos is $11.95.
Columbia (6-6, 3-1 Ivy League), Dartmouth (8-5, 3-1 Ivy League), Harvard, Yale and Princeton are currently tied for first place in the Ivy League. Saturday's matchup and this weekend's Princeton-Harvard and Yale-Penn games will shake up the league standings.
The Lions defeated Penn, 5-1, on Oct. 14. Five different Lions scored and senior captains Leti Freaney and Carson Christus each recorded one goal and one assist in the win. First-year Marlee Silverstein tallied three saves and earned the win in her first career start.
On Oct. 16, Columbia took a 2-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth thanks to some late-game heroics by Freaney. With the game tied at 1-1, Freaney tapped in a rebound at the 64:44 mark for the game-winning goal. With two and a half minutes left, she took the ball into the Rams' right corner and, with impressive focus and stickwork, worked over one minute off the clock.
Dartmouth is coming off a 5-1 loss at Yale on Oct. 15. Ali Savage scored the Big Green's lone goal at 7:58 before he Bulldogs unleashed a five-goal onslaught. Yale fired 28 shots to Dartmouth's 19 in the game.
Saturday's game marks the 16th all-time meeting between the schools and Dartmouth holds a 10-5 advantage in the series. Columbia won last year's game at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue, 5-2. Gabby Kozlowksi had four goals and one assist in the victory.
FREANEY, SIMMONS ON
THE HONOR ROLL
Midfielders Freaney and junior Paige Simmons were named to the Ivy League's Weekly Honor Roll after stellar performances in Columbia's two wins last week.
Freaney tallied two game-winners and one assist for five points. Her leadership in both games included running straight up the middle of Penn's circle for the game-winner over the Quakers and following up on a guarantee for victory with a late tap-in goal against VCU.
Simmons earned her second honor roll selection of the season (first was on Sept. 27) after totaling one goal and two assists for four points last week. Her crisp passing in both wins was crucial and against VCU she scored the first goal off a penalty corner and assisted Freaney on the game-winner.
The Lions have been represented on six on the Ivy League's seven honor rolls in 2011.
RANK AND FILE
Junior Katie DeSandis and first-year Lauren Skudalski are tied for 12th in the nation with four defensive saves apiece. Columbia ranks seventh nationally with 10 defensive saves.
Columbia's 2.25 goals per game is tied with Harvard for fourth in the conference. The Lions' 2.42 goals allowed per contest is the third-best mark in the league.
MOVIN' ON UP
With her goal from the top of the circle against Penn at the 38:26 mark, Gabby Kozlowski moved her career tally to 28, putting her in sole possession of third place on the Columbia all-time scoring list. She needs one more to tie Julia Garrison ('11 CC, 29 career goals) for second place. Nikki Campbell ('02 CC) has the career record with 40 goals.
Christus moved into a tie with Liz Reeve ('08 CC) for eighth place on the all-time scoring list when she put in her 11th career goal against Penn at the 5:56 mark.
Dartmouth ranks second in the Ivy League and 15th in the nation in scoring with 3.31 goals per game. The Big Green's scoring defense is sixth in the conference, allowing 2.62 goals per contest. Dartmouth's is one of the best passing teams in the league, ranking second with 2.92 assists per game. The Big Green's 8.23 penalty corners per game ranks 19th in the country and second in the Ivy League.
The Big Green boasts some of the conference's top offensive players in Kelly Hood, Ali Savage, Meghan Everett and Lisa Masini. Hood (11 goals, second), a midfielder, and forwards Savage (10 goals, third) and Everett (seven goals, t-sixth) all rank in the Ivy League's top 10 for goals. Hood's 0.85 goals per game ranks 26th in the nation and Savage's 0.83 ranks 27th. Masini leads the Ivy League with 14 assists and ranks in the top 10 in the nation.
Meagan Vakiener is the Big Green's top goalkeeper with 13 starts and 847:25 logged in goal this year. She has allowed 2.56 goals per game and made 70 saves with a .693 save percentage.
Dartmouth has done most of its scoring in the second half of games. While having a 44-40 advantage in the first half, the Big Green has out scored its opponents 59-38 in the second half and 4-1 in overtime periods.
The Lions will play their final regular-season road game on Tuesday when they travel to Easton, Pa., to face Lafayette at 5:30 p.m.