Harvard Stuns Field Hockey, 2-1, in OT
NEW YORK – The Columbia field hockey team wrapped up its 2013 season with a devastating 2-1 overtime loss to Harvard on Sunday afternoon. The Lions honored seniors Danielle Cosentino, Liz Malone and Creaghan Peters, who played their final game at the Baker Athletics Complex.
Elizabeth Jacobson scored twice, including the game winner three minutes into the extra session.
Junior Lauren Skudalski played a solid game, scoring Columbia’s lone goal and providing two key defensive saves.
After both teams battled to gain traction offensively, Columbia started to assert themselves. The Lions knocked on the door off a penalty corner in the 13th minute, getting three quality shots, but Crimson goalkeeper Jenn Hadfield made a pair of sprawling shots with Skudalski on the doorstep.
Harvard countered with a couple of chances, but Columbia’s defense held firm and Kimberly Pianucci made a pair of saves to keep the game scoreless.
The Lions finally broke through in the 24th minute when Skudalski picked up a rebound off a Lindsey Walter shot. The junior co-captain’s shot from the left side banked off a Crimson defender and off the right post and in for her fourth tally of the season.
Still holding a 1-0 lead in the second half, Harvard started to apply some offensive pressure. Skudalski and Walters each came up with defensive saves to maintain the advantage midway through the final frame.
Pianucci came up with the save of the game, diving to her left and knocking the ball out of mid-air with her blocker with just over 12 minutes to go on a shot by Melissa Balleza to keep the Lions in front for the time-being. However, the Crimson kept on the attack and scored the equalizer with just over five minutes remaining.
Down a player due to a yellow card, Harvard wound up on a two-on-one rush. Catriona McDonald fed Jacobson on her left and found room on the right side of the cage to make it 1-1 to force overtime.
Pianucci finished with eight saves on the day, but suffered the defeat.
Columbia finishes the year with a 6-11 record and a 2-5 mark in Ivy League play.