Video: Katie DeSandis | Video: Zoe Blake | August 24th Photo Album

NEW YORK - Columbia's field hockey season begins on Friday, August 31 when the Lions play at Richmond in Virginia. Senior co-captain Katie DeSandis and sophomore Zoe Blake took some time after practice to discuss the team's progress through the preseason.

The Lions finished the 2011 season at 9-8 and owned a 5-2 mark in the Ivy League, finishing just a game shy of the Ivy League title. Columbia returns eight starters from last season's team, including All-Ivy League honorees Gabby Kozlowski, Christie O'Hara (first team), Katie DeSandis (second team) and Paige Simmons (honorable mention).

Check back next week for more interviews with the field hockey team as they prepare for their season opener on August 31 at 4 p.m.