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NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team played a strong second half, but it was not enough to overcome a first half deficit against Richmond, who pulled out a 3-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Lions (3-3) are back in action on Saturday, September 28 at Cornell for a 12 p.m. contest.

“We were on our heels a little bit in the first half,” said head coach Marybeth Freeman. “At the half, we talked about our individual skills, our defense and passing patterns. We wanted to be stronger with our receiving and really stepping up to make quality plays in the backfield. I think we did a great job making those adjustments, but the three-goal deficit was too much to come back from against a strong, physical and talent Richmond squad.”

Down 3-0 after the intermission, Columbia struck three minutes into the second half on Zoe Blake’s third goal of the season after a penalty corner scramble in front of the net. Creaghan Peters set up Anna Scipioni for the shot and Blake was there to pick up the rebound to make it a two-goal game.

The Lions continued to dictate the pace, outshooting the Spiders (4-4) 6-0 in the second half, but could not capitalize on their opportunities.

“The players work so hard on their skills throughout the week, it would have been nice to see that (hard work) pay off with a couple of more goals,” Freeman added. “It’s one of  those things we will look at this week. It was a learning experience today and there were some good things we can apply looking ahead to Cornell and Fairfield next weekend.”

Richmond’s Rebecca Barry potted the first two goals of the game, the first coming in the fifth minute after she rifled a long shot over the left shoulder of goalkeeper Kimberly Pianucci. Barry made it 2-0 in the 10th minute off a penalty corner.

The Spiders went ahead 3-0 on an Amy Cooke goal off a penalty corner in the 18th minute.

As well as Columbia played in the second half, Richmond was just as good in the first, holding an 11-3 edge in shots.

Pianucci made five saves for the Lions and Scipioni took a team-high three shots.