NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team gave No. 15 Drexel all they could handle, but ultimately fell to the Dragonsl, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon. The Lions (8-5) outshot Drexel (11-4), 20-15, in the game, but could not get on the scoreboard.
The lone goal of the game came in the ninth minute. Danielle Grassi's shot from the point was tipped in by Lindsay McArdle to give the Dragons the lead that they would hold for the rest of the contest.
Drexel nearly added an insurance goal in the 22nd minute after a shotby Grassi was saved by Christie O'Hara, leading to a scramble in front of the net. After several seconds, Elise DiDonato picked up the loose ball and fired it into the pads of O'Hara to keep it a one-goal game.
In the second half, Columbia really forced the issue and the majority of play was in Drexel's end. Despite nine penalty corners in the second half alone, the Lions could not get one past Jantien Gunter, who made nine of her 12 stops after halftime.
O'Hara made nine saves in the game. Paige Simmons and Gabby Kozlowski each recorded five shots to lead the team.
Columbia returns to action next Sunday, October 21 against Dartmouth on Senior Day. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m.