WEEKEND NOTES (.pdf)
NEW YORK - After posting back-to-back wins to open 2013, the Columbia field hockey team will hit the road once again for a pair of tough tests against No. 2 Maryland and No. 20 American this weekend at the Terrapin Invitational in College Park, Md.
NO. 2 MARYLAND (4-0)
SATURDAY, SEP. 14 • 11 A.M.
ALL-TIME VS. MARYLAND: 0-0
NO. 20 AMERICAN (3-1)
SUNDAY, SEP. 15 • 12 P.M.
ALL-TIME VS. AMERICAN: 0-0
First-year Katie Ruesterholz made quite the first impression in the first weekend of her collegiate career to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors on Sep. 10. Ruesterholz potted two goals to guide the Lions to a 5-0 win over Longwood on Sep. 6. Against James Madison on Sep. 8, the Basking Ridge, N.J. native opened the scoring with a goal in the 13th minute.
KEEPING UP WITH KIM
Sophomore goalkeeper Kimberly Pianucci stopped 19-of-20 shots in the opening two games of the season to help Columbia post a 2-0 start for the first time since 2010. Her .952 save percentage currently puts her first in the nation in that category.
In the Lions season-opening victory over Longwood, eight players found their way onto the scoresheet, including several career-firsts. Junior Caroline Donnal netted her first career goal and the assist came from Meredith Kalberer, who was playing her first collegiate game. Newcomer Katie Ruesterholz scored twice and junior Zoe Blake posted her first career goal.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
For the second consecutive weekend, Columbia is playing two opponents they have never previously faced in the program’s young history. Last weekend, the Lions fared well against their newest foes, knocking off both Longwood and James Madison.
SCOUTING THE TERPS
Maryland comes into the weekend 4-0, including wins over three top-20 teams. Last weekend, the Terps blanked No. 8 Old Dominion, 3-0, and downed No. 17 Drexel, 8-3. Anna Dessoye leads the squad with 13 points (4 G, 5 A), followed by Jill Witmer at 11 points (4 G, 3 A). Natalie Hunter is Maryland’s primary goalie, checking in at 3-0 with a 1.56 GAA and one shutout.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American has won three of four to start the season and picked up two wins at home last weekend, a 2-0 victory over James Madison and a 7-1 romp of Longwood. Carly Atchison leads the team with six points and is tied with three others with two goals. Ashley Dalisera, who was named Patriot League Keeper of the Week on Monday, has started all four games in net, posting a 1.28 GAA and .840 save percentage.
COLUMBIA IN SEASON OPENERS
The Lions improved to 9-9 all-time in season openers after a 5-0 win over Longwood on Sep. 6. The margin of victory was the largest ever to begin a season and marked the first time Columbia won to start a season since 2010 when they topped Vermont, 3-1.