POSTGAME INTERVIEW WITH MARYBETH FREEMAN
NEW YORK – The Columbia field hockey team fell to Yale, 3-1, in a game that featured no shortage of offense with the teams combining for 45 shots and 27 on net.
Yale finished with a slim 24-21 advantage in shots, but there were plenty of opportunites. Lindsey Walter and Christina Freibott each posted six shots to lead the Lions’ (6-10, 2-4) attack. Goalkeeper Marlee Silverstein made a career-high 12 saves in the game.
The Bulldogs (7-8, 3-3) applied the pressure early in the first half, and a goal by Danee Fitzgerald in the 12th minute gave Yale a 1-0 lead. The score was created by a long clearing play that forced Silverstein to step up and challenge the play. The ball trickled behind Silverstein and Grace McInerney fed Fitzgerald, who put it in the open net.
Columbia’s best chance to even things up came three minutes into the second half. A shot off a penalty corner by Meredith Kalberer was knocked down on the goal line. The rebound caromed to Friebott, whose attempt was blockered away by a leaping Heather Schlesier about three minutes into the second half.
On the other end, Claire Kneizys came up with a defensive stop of her own in the 45th minute to prevent Yale from extending its advantage. Grace McInerney was left one-on-one with Silverstein on the right side of the net. After making an initial stop, McInerney’s second try got by the sophomore, but Kneizys was there to settle the ball and keep it a one-goal game.
However, the Bulldogs tacked on two more goals in the 63rd and 65th minutes, indirectly off of penalty corners, to seal the victory.
Sophomore Anna Scipioni broke up Schleisler’s shutout bid with a penalty stroke goal with 27 seconds remaining for her second tally of the year.
The Lions will wrap up the 2013 season next Sunday when they host Harvard for a 12 p.m. contest for Senior Day.