NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team will battle for Empire State supremecy when they go up against fellow New York State foes Colgate and Albany this weekend at the Baker Athletics Complex.
THIS WEEKEND FOR THE LIONS
VS. COLGATE (2-10)
FRIDAY, OCT. 11 • 7 P.M.
ALL-TIME VS. COLGATE: 4-7
CURRENT STREAK: Colgate, W1
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate has dropped five of its last six, including back-to-back 3-2 losses against American and Cornell.
Eliana Brown leads the club with nine goals, while Olivia Nabhan has handed out five assists. Amanda DiDomizio has started all 12 games and boasts a 2.90 GAA with and has had to stop 108 shots on the season.
VS. No. 12 ALBANY (10-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 13 • 2 P.M.
ALL-TIME VS. ALBANY: 2-3
CURRENT STREAK: Albany, W1
SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES
Albany won its first nine games of the season and its only two losses have been one-goal decisions to No. 6 Stanford and No. 4 Virginia. The Great Danes have scored four or more goals on eight occasions this season and have not allowed more than two in any contest.
LAST TIME OUT...
The Lions split a pair of games last weekend, falling to No. 11 Princeton, 5-0, on the road before opening up their homestand with a 2-1 victory over UMass-Lowell on Sunday. The win snapped a four-game skid.
LAST YEAR VS. ALBANY
No. 22 Albany claimed a 2-0 win in a defensive battle on Oct. 7, 2012. The teams combined for just eight shots on goal in the game.Columbia fell behind in the seventh minute after Daphne Voormolen found the back of the net on a penalty corner and Corrine McConnville converted on a penalty stroke in the 50th minute to add an insurance goal to secure the win.
All but one of the Lions’ five games against the Great Danes have been decided by two or fewer goals.
Junior netminder Marlee Silverstein came off the bench to make nine saves at No. 11 Princeton on Oct. 4. Her strong performance earned her a start the next game against UMass-Lowell where she picked up her first win of the season.
HERE COMES THE RUESTER
Forward Katie Ruesterholz has made quite a first-impression in her rookie campaign. She currently is tied for the Ivy League lead with 10 goals and ranks second in the conference with 22 points. With two goals at Fairfield on Sept. 29, Ruesterholz scored for the ninth time, breaking Columbia’s record for goals scored by a first-year that was previously set by Julia Garrison ‘11CC when she scored seven goals in 2007.
BACK IN BLAKE
Midfielder Zoe Blake has found her scoring touch in her junior season, scoring four goals and adding two assists for 10 points on the year. Coming into 2013, Blake had just one career assist.