NEW YORK - Columbia jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the contest and after La Salle put home a quick pair of goals shortly after, the Lions scored five times in the second half to pull away for an 8-3 victory.
On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at Baker Athletics Complex, five different players scored for the Lions, who won their second straight game in as many days.
The Lions dented the scoreboard three minutes into the game after a well-designed penalty corner. Paige Simmons rocketed a shot past the La Salle keeper after assists from Bridget DeSandis and Katie DeSandis for Simmons' first goal of the season.
Eight minutes later, Liz Malone slipped down the right side unguarded and fired one home to make it a 2-0 lead. Anna Scipioni followed two minutes later with her second goal in as many days to give Columbia a 3-0 advantage at the 21:26 mark of the first half.
Trailing 3-0, La Salle came out with renewed vigor and scored twice in the span of a minute and a half. Mariel Papa and Becca Chylack each tallied to get the Explorers back within a goal, 3-2, midway through the first half.
Columbia maintained its 3-2 lead into halftime. With 4:50 having gone by in the second half, Malone scored her second goal of the game after a corner, a rocket into the back corner of the cage to push Columbia's lead to 4-2.
Gabby Kozlowski scored a pair of goal to make it a 6-2 game with 20 minutes left in regulation.
With 5:58 left, the Lions drew a penalty stroke in front of the net and Bridget DeSandis coolly put one past the keeper to give Columbia a 7-2 advantage. She then struck again two minutes later on a penalty corner with assists going to Creaghan Peters and Christina Freibott, their first points of the season.
A goal by La Salle's Olivia Lehman on a rebound in front after a penalty corner provided the final margin.
The eight goals in a game matches the program's record for goals in a game, set most recently in a game nearly six years ago to the day. On September 10, 2006, the Lions defeated St. Francis (Pa.) 8-1. Columbia also scored eight times in an 8-0 win over Colgate on September 29, 2001.
Columbia improves its record to 2-2 on the season and is back in action on Wednesday, September 12 against Hofstra at Baker Athletics Complex at 4 p.m.