NEW YORK – Columbia field hockey will hit the road for the
first time in three weeks to take on No. 22 Albany on Sunday. It will be the
Lions’ (7-3) second crack at a ranked foe this season.
Columbia is coming off a 3-2 victory over Rider on Wednesday
night. The Lions surrendered an early goal, but scored three unanswered to earn
their seventh win in their last eight contests.
Paige Simmons and Bridget DeSandis each recorded a goal and an
assist in the game. Freshman Kimberly Pianucci made her first collegiate start
in net, and made 11 stops.
The Great Danes (5-6) are coming off a stretch of playing
five straight ranked opponents before their matchup at New Hampshire on Friday.
As a result, they are struggling to score, averaging just 1.91 goals per
contest. Corrine McConville has lit the lamp six times, while Jessica
Longstreth leads the squad with eight assists and 14 points.
Columbia and Albany have not faced each other since the Lions
claimed a 1-0 overtime victory in 2005. This will be the fifth all-time meeting
between the teams, who have split the previous four times they have played.
Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.