Field Hockey Gears Up for #3 Princeton Friday
NEW YORK - In the midst of the longest winning streak in program history, the Columbia field hockey team will look to make more noise as they look to upset #3 Princeton on Friday night at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue.
The Lions (6-2, 2-0 Ivy League) are winners of six-straight and most recently knocked off Cornell, 2-1, and Fairfield, 4-3, last weekend. Junior forward Liz Malone recorded a hat trick against the Stags on Sunday and was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll for her exploits. Malone checks in ninth in the NCAA, averaging a goal per match.
Gabby Kozlowski's goal against the Big Red on Friday brought her career total up to 37 and she is now just four away from breaking the all-time record held by Nikki Campbell for more than a decade.
Both clubs boast two of the best offenses in the nation. Princeton's 4.48 goals per game ranks second in the nation, while Columbia is depositing 3.50 goals per contest to rank ninth, respectively. The Tigers Kathleen Sharkey poses as their biggest threat and leads the country with 17 goals and 39 points on the year.
Last season, the Lions lost a 3-2 double overtime heartbreaker to Princeton on the road. Sydney Kirby played the role of hero, scoring in the 89th minute off a corner push. Kozlowski and Paige Simmons each scored in the game for Columbia and Christie O'Hara made nine saves.
Live stats will be available for the 7:00 p.m. contest. Admission is free at the Baker Athletics Complex for Columbia field hockey games.