BOSTON - Gabby Kozlowski scored her 40th career goal, tying Columbia's career record, and Katie DeSandis provided a pair of scores to lift the Lions to a 3-2 victory at Harvard on Saturday.
Kozlowski sits with Nikki Campbell on top of the all-time list and has one more chance at taking over the top spot tomorrow when Columbia plays at Rutgers to close the 2012 season.
Columbia improves to 9-7 overall, clinching its sixth straight winning season, and finishes Ivy League play with a 4-3 record, marking the first time in program history the Lions have finished above .500 in back-to-back seasons. It's also team's the sixth consecutive victory against the Crimson, dating back to 2006.
"Today, we came with the mindset of playing for each other and attacked as a unit from the opening whistle," head coach Marybeth Freeman stated. "We applied what we practiced this week and were able to execute in pressure situations and tight spaces. Katie (DeSandis) had a commanding presence today, leading our team with two exceptional goals. Everyone on this team has played a pivotal role in our team's successes and I'm happy they re-established the belief that 'we can.'"
Katie DeSandis gave Columbia a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, collecting a rebound off a shot from Christina Freibott. Kozlowski followed up with four minutes remaining before halftime, settling a loose ball and firing a shot to the left side of the cage to add an insurance goal.
The Crimson cut the deficit in half in the 40th minute off a penalty corner. Elizabeth Jacobson connected with Noel Painter for her fifth of the season to make it 2-1.
The Lions would get that goal back in the 61st minute when Katie DeSandis provided the eventual game-winner. DeSandis rifled a shot past Cynthia Tassopoulos for her seventh goal of the season.
Paige Simmons also was very active, posting six of Columbia's 12 shots in the contest.
The Lions and Scarlet Knights will square off at 2:00 p.m. in Piscataway.