NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team will wrap up the 2012 season on the road this weekend with contests at Harvard on Saturday and Rutgers on Sunday. The Lions (8-7, 3-3) will look to finish above the .500 mark for the sixth straight year and record back-to-back winning Ivy League seasons for the first time in program history.
In addition, Columbia has several players with individual records in sight as they close their collegiate careers. Gabby Kozlowski is still just one goal away from tying Nikki Campbell for the career record. Bridget DeSandis, Katie DeSandis and Paige Simmons are within striking distance of surpassing Christine Buszczak's single-season record of 11 assists. Bridget DeSandis leads the team with 10 helpers, while Katie DeSandis and Simmons each have nine.
Columbia will look to bounce back after a tough, 3-2, overtime loss at Yale last weekend. Creaghan Peters goal with 28 seconds left in regulation set up the extra frame, but the Bulldogs scored seven minutes into the period to come away with the win.
Harvard (3-12, 1-5) has lost its last seven decisions since a Sep. 29 victory at Brown. Sophomores Noel Painter leads the team with four goals and 10 points on the year. Cynthia Tassopoulos is Harvard's primary goalkeeper and has a 2.72 GAA with a .741 save percentage.
After dropping the first ten meetings against the Crimson, the Lions have won five-straight, dating back to 2006. Last year, Columbia blanked Harvard, 3-0, in both teams 2011 finale. Kozlowski set up the game-winner, a Adriana de Vries tip-in, just 38 seconds in, and Liz Malone scored an insurance goal in the 12th minute.
Rutgers (8-10) has lost four in a row, including a 3-1 decision to Brown on Oct. 26. Lisa Patrone paces the offense with eight goals and three assists for 19 points. Sarah Stuby has started 17 games in net and has a 2.17 GAA with a pair of shutouts.
Liz Malone and Gabby Kozlowski each scored in a 2-1 win against the Scarlet Knights last year. All three goals were potted in the first half, and Rutgers was on the attack for much of the second frame. However, Columbia's back line was up to the task, and Lauren Skudalski and Katie DeSandis came up with a pair of key defensive saves to preserve the victory.
Game-time on Saturday is at noon, while Sunday's contest will start at 2:00 p.m. There will be live video is available for the Harvard game and live stats will be available for both games this weekend.