NEW YORK -- The Columbia field hockey team is back in action on Sunday, taking on Virginia Commonwealth at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue.
Columbia (5-6, 3-1 Ivy League) and Virginia Commonwealth (4-10, 1-4 CAA) will square off at 1 p.m. The Columbia field hockey players will wear pink ribbons on their uniforms and don pink socks and pink shoelaces on Sunday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will be a table near the field for donations that will go to the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The game will feature free live statistics and a free live game blog. The blog will be activated 15 minutes before game time.
Columbia is coming off an impressive 5-1 home victory over Ivy League foe Penn on Friday. Five different Lions scored. Senior captains Leti Freaney and Carson Christus each recorded one goal and one assist in the win. First-year Marlee Silverstein tallied three saves and earned the win in her first career start.
With a 3-1 league record, the Lions are now tied for first in the Ivy League.
VCU snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 home win over Pacific on Oct. 9. Junior midfielder Haley McBee scored two goals and senior goalkeeper Erin Jablonski recorded her first shutout of the year in the win.
Sunday's game will be the first-ever meeting between Columbia and Virginia Commonwealth.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH
Virginia Commonwealth has struggled offensively, averaging 1.57 goals per game. VCU is 0-5 on the road this year. The Rams are 4-0 when they score two or more goals.
Junior forward Kelsey Scherrer has a team-high six goals along with two assists for 14 points. First-year Kendall Combs (three goals, four assists, 10 points) and junior Arialle Hess (three goals, one assist, seven points) round out the Rams' top three scorers. Sophomore Stephanie DeMasi leads the team with seven assists and has 11 points on the year.
Senior goalkeeper Erin Jablonski is averaging 5.79 saves and 2.85 goals allowed per game.
COACH FREEMAN ON COLUMBIA'S BI-WEEKLY SHOW
Coach Freeman was a guest on the second episode of "Inside Columbia Athletics" this week, discussing the team's progression this year. Check it out here.
After Sunday's game, Columbia starts its final road swing of the season. On Oct. 22, the Lions travel to Hanover, N.H., to face league foe Dartmouth. Columbia plays its only Tuesday game of the year on Oct. 25 when it takes on Lafayette in Easton, Pa.