RICHMOND, Va. - In Columbia's season opener, the Lions stormed out to a 3-0 lead at intermission. Richmond's Rebecca Barry got her team on the board with 22 minutes to go and scored the game winner in overtime to give Richmond a 4-3 win in its home opener on Friday afternoon.
"We had a terrific start against Richmond," head coach Marybeth Freeman said after the game. "We executed the game plan, focused on the technical aspects of specific skill sets and played well as a collective unit. We became a bit more defensive in the second half and made some silly mistakes which put us on our heels."
Gabby Kozlowski put Columbia on the board just 2:22 into the game with a rocket past Richmond goalie Anna Zarkoski to give Columbia a 1-0 lead.
Katie DeSandis made it 3-0 with 10:04 left in the first half when she scored from point-blank range for a three-goal advantage.
Barry finally solved the Columbia defense at the 47:18 mark to cut the Lions' lead to 3-1. With 8:35 to play, the Spiders got a goal closer when Jackie Gyger scored after a feed from Catherine Ostoich.
Columbia attempted to maintain its one-goal edge in the final minutes but Richmond was awarded a penalty corner as time expired. With zeroes on the clock, Christina Ambrose found the back of the cage to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Just 46 seconds into the extra period, Barry found some room and fired home her second goal of the game to send Richmond off as winners.
"There were some external factors which influenced the outcome of the game, but it is a good lesson for us to learn early in the season," Freeman said.
Consistently peppered with shots throughout the game, Christie O'Hara made 17 saves in goal for Columbia. The Spiders held a 12-2 edge in penalty corners during the contest.
"Christie had an excellent game in goal," Freeman explained. "I was really pleased with our forward movement and productivity."
Columbia is back in action on Sunday, September 2 against VCU at 1 p.m.