Field Hockey to Close Out 2010 Campaign at Harvard
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Dennis Mullins

NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team will conclude its 2010 season in Cambridge, Mass. this weekend when it faces Harvard at 1 p.m.  The Lions stand at 9-7, 2-3 Ivy League while the Crimson are 3-13, 1-5 in the conference.

Columbia is coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss to Yale on Saturday, October 30.  After trailing 1-0 halfway through the first half, the Lions roared back to take a 2-1 lead with goals by Leti Freaney and Julia Garrison heading into the break.  The Bulldogs ramped up their offensive attack in the second half, but Christie O´Hara made 10 of her season-high 13 saves in the second stanza to keep Columbia  in contention.  Yale scored the equalizer midway through the second half, and needed just 1:22 in the overtime period to seal the 3-2 victory.

Harvard is 3-13 this season and 1-5 in Ivy League play. Most recently, the Crimson lost a 1-0 overtime battle to Dartmouth last weekend. Sophomore Emma Keller paces the team offensively with nine points on four goals and an assist.  Cynthia Tassopoulos has played every minute for the Crimson, sporting a 2.44 goals against average.

This year's senior class will graduate as the winningest class in program history. The class of 2011 has won 40 games (with one remaining) over the last four years, besting the class of 2010 who finished with 38.

For the fourth consecutive season, the Lions will finish above .500.  After going 9-8 last year, and 11-6 the two previous years, Columbia pushed its streak to four seasons with its 9-7 record heading into the final weekend of play at Harvard.

The Lions will look to extend its current winning streak against the Crimson to four after defeating Harvard each of the last three seasons.  Last year, Garrison scored five minutes into the overtime period to lift the Lions to a 2-1 win at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue.