PRINCETON, N.J. - Four members of the Columbia field hockey team earned All-Ivy League honors, capping another successful season for the Lions that saw them finish third in the conference standings.
Seniors Gabby Kozlowski and Katie DeSandis earned first team selections, while classmates Bridget DeSandis and Paige Simmons were picked on the second team, respectively.
"First, a congrats to the All-Ivy honorees from each school," said head coach Marybeth Freeman. "Each student-athlete should be applauded for a season well done. Looking at our group specifically, I cannot say enough about how much these women have impacted our program this season. Each season brings new challenges and obstacles, and they looked at each of those situations as an opportunity to showcase their talents, knowledge and leadership. It is a testament to their continued desire to learn and the wanting to leave their mark in the Ivy League."
"Each of them know they could not have acquired this award without their teammates putting them in position to be successful," Freeman continued. "Though these are well deserved individual honors, each of our student-athletes helped get them to this point today."
For Kozlowski, it marks the third straight year the standout forward has been named to the first team. The Voorhees, N.J. native completed her brilliant career with 42 career tallies, breaking Columbia's all-time record previously held by Nikki Campbell (‘02CC) for more than a decade. With team-highs of 12 goals and 26 points this season, Kozlowski was among the top-five in nearly every offensive category in the conference. The Ivy League also tabbed her as Player of the Week on Sep. 11 after posting seven points (3 G, 1 A) in three games after a pair of wins against Bucknell and LaSalle.
Back Katie DeSandis landed on the All-Ivy League first team after earning second team honors in 2011. DeSandis, the team's primary penalty corner taker, tied for the team lead with 10 assists, coming one shy of tying the Lions' single-season mark. She also added a career-best seven goals to finish with 24 points on the season. A strong two-way player, the Emmaus, Pa. product led the squad with four defensive saves on the year.
Bridget DeSandis also saved her best for her final season. Always known for her strong defensive play, in 2012 she contributed more on the offensive side, posting career-bests of three goals and 10 assists for 16 points. Against LaSalle on Sep. 9, she posted two goals and an assist for her first of three multi-point games on the season.
Simmons finished in a three-way tie with the DeSandis sisters for the team lead in assists, with 10. She also scored four times from her midfield position, two of which were game-winners. Simmons was on the scoresheet in each of Columbia's victories during its program-longest six-game winning streak from Sep. 8-23. The 2011 All-Ivy League honorable mention selection fired off 63 shots, which was the second highest total in the conference this season.
"On behalf of the staff and current student-athletes, we congratulate Gabby, Katie, Bridget and Paige. We are very proud of you."