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Christie O'Hara made six saves for the shutout.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Columbia Blanks Bucknell 2-0 to Open Home Slate

Box Score | Video: Head coach Marybeth Freeman | Video: Senior Bridget DeSandis | Video: First-year Anna Scipioni

NEW YORK - A minute into the game, Columbia took a 1-0 lead on Anna Scipioni's first collegiate goal and held strong from there, defeating Bucknell 2-0 in the Lions' home opener at Baker Athletics Complex.

Columbia set the tone early, drawing a penalty corner 30 seconds into the game. The Lions then converted on the early chance, when Paige Simmons fed Anna Scipioni who found the back of the cage to give Columbia a 1-0 lead.

The Lions maintained possession early in the first half, putting pressure on the Bison defense. Bucknell then swung momentum around the 22-minute mark, forcing Columbia keeper Christie O'Hara to make three saves in a three-minute span.

Columbia had a chance with six minutes left when Christina Freibott broke loose in front but her shot tipped just wide. The Lions still went into intermission with a 1-0 lead.

To start the second half, Columbia again went on the offensive. After action took place strictly in the midfield over the first four minutes, Zoe Blake found a streaking Gabby Kozlowski down the far sideline.

Kozlowski dribbled toward the cage and fired one past Bucknell goalie Erica Perrine for her second goal of the season to put the Lions in front, 2-0.

Bucknell had its chances down the stretch with four penalty corners in the last 20 minutes of the contest, but the Columbia defense held strong and O'Hara made three more saves in the second half to preserve Columbia's first win and first shutout of the season.

The Lions will be back in action tomorrow, Sunday, September 9 vs. La Salle at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue.

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