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Junior forward Gabby Kozlowski scored two goals and assisted on another en route to earning the Ivy League Player of the Week for Week 8.
Courtesy: Peter DeSandis

Kozlowski Named Ivy League Player Of The Week

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 10/26/2011
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IVY LEAGUE'S WEEK 9 RELEASE

NEW YORK - After contributing on three goals in Columbia's crucial 4-2 win over Dartmouth on Saturday, Lions junior forward Gabby Kozlowski has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office Tuesday morning.

Kozlowski played a critical role in the third straight win for Columbia (7-6, 4-1 Ivy League), which remains atop the Ivy League standings. The Voorhees, N.J., native scored two goals and assisted on another in a game between two first-place Ivy teams. Kozlowski had her way with the Dartmouth back line as she applied forward pressure with her precise running lanes and focus on developing ball movement.

At 21:45, Kozlowski broke a 1-1 tie when she corralled a pass ripped to her from teammate Paige Simmons and knocked it in for the score.

Kozlowski scored the game-winner and gave the Lions a 3-1 lead at the 30:49 mark when she worked the ball through the Big Green defense herself for an unassisted angled shot at the goal.

After scoring her 29th and 30th career goals, Kozlowski moved into second place on Columbia's all-time scoring list. She passed Julia Garrison (29 goals, '11 CC) with her unassisted second goal on Saturday and now only trails Lions all-time leader Nikki Campbell (40 goals, '02 CC).

Dartmouth drew to within 3-2 seven minutes into the second half, but Columbia responded just 20 seconds after the Big Green's goal as Kozlowski assisted teammate Carson Christus' goal at the 42:29 mark with a clever re-directed pass coming off a penalty corner. The score gave the Lions a two-goal advantage and control for the remainder of the game.

Kozlowski finished with four shots (all on goal) and her offensive pressure and key possessions on the forward line prevented Dartmouth, which entered the game with as the no. 15 scoring offense in the nation, from gaining any momentum. The Big Green was forced to scramble and play catch-up for most of the game.

The two-goal, one-assist-performance was Kozlowski's best game of the season and her second multi-goal game of the year. She previously scored two goals in the Lions' 4-2 win over La Salle on Sept. 4. Kozlowski's five points on Saturday were her most since scoring nine points in a 5-2 win over Dartmouth on Oct. 24, 2010.

For the season, Kozlowski leads the team with 10 goals, 21 points, 56 shots and 42 shots on goal. She also has one assist, two game-winners and a .750 shot-on-goal percentage.

With 10 goals on the season, Kozlowski became just the second Columbia player to have two double-digit goal seasons in a career, joining Campbell (1999, 2000, 2001). In 2010, Kozlowski set the school's single-season scoring record with 16 goals.

Kozlowski, who was a unanimous 2010 first team All-Ivy selection, has been named the Ivy League's Player of the Week twice in her Columbia career. She previously received the conference honor on Oct. 26, 2010.  She has received three Ivy League weekly awards in her career. On Oct. 27, 2009, she was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.

Junior goalkeeper Christie O'Hara was also recognized for an outstanding performance against Dartmouth as she was named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll for the fourth time this season. She recorded nine saves in Saturday's win.

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