PRINCETON, N.J. – Four Columbia field hockey team members earned All-Ivy League honors, as announced by the conference on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Christina Freibott and first-year Katie Ruesterholz earned spots on the second team, while co-captains Liz Malone and Lauren Skudalski gained honorable mention status.
"Looking at these four women, it is a testament to how they challenge themselves and raise the bar of success on a daily basis,” head coach Marybeth Freeman said. “Having a senior, junior, sophomore and first-year representing Columbia with Ivy League honors speaks volumes to how valuable everyone on this team is, regardless of age, title or position. On behalf of the entire Columbia program, it is our pleasure to honor these student athletes for a job well done."
Freibott was one of the Lions’ most consistent players in 2013, leading the team with six assists and ranking second on the squad with five goals and 16 points. The midfielder potted a pair of game-winners, highlighted by a penalty stroke goal in the final eight minutes against James Madison on Sept. 8. On Oct. 18 against Penn, Freibott tied a program single-game record with three assists, including setting up the golden goal in overtime.
Ruesterholz burst onto the scene, scoring 10 goals which set a new school record for most scores by a first-year. Twice named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Ruesterholz recorded two goals on four occasions and was instrumental in Columbia’s conference-opening victory over Brown on Sept. 20, exploding for five points in a 4-1 triumph.
Malone finished her career ranked in the Lions’ top-10 in career goals (15) and points (36) after posting three goals and three assists in 2013. The Walpole, Mass., native scored twice, including the game-winner in the Ivy League opener against Brown.
Skudalski, already known for her defensive prowess, had a career-year offensively after notching four goals and serving as the team’s primary penalty corner taker. The junior standout also remained one of the most reliable backs in the Ivy League, making nine defensive saves to rank second in the conference.