NEW YORK - The Columbia women's lacrosse team began a two
game home stand today against Ivy League foe Cornell at Robert K. Kraft Field.
Despite a 14-7 loss to the Big Red, Columbia's Paige Cuscovitch scored a
team-high three goals for her third hat trick of the season. The Lions knew
they had a big task ahead against undefeated Cornell and displayed a refreshing
toughness on the field.
Cornell jumped out to a fast start to the game scoring three
unanswered goals in the first ten minutes of action. At 14:13 in the first
half, Columbia responded with a three goal run as well. Kacie Johnson scored
two straight goals for the Lions to trim the early deficit. The Lions soon tied the score at 3-3 after a
quick pass from Katie Angulo found senior Kelly Buechel for the goal at 8:06.
The Big Red fired off another string of three goals to close the half and
Columbia trailed 6-3 at the break.
"For anybody who saw the first half, you saw the new Columbia
in terms of our fight and our ability to hold on to the ball, " said Columbia
Head Coach of Lacrosse Liz Kittleman Jackson.
Cuscovitch took charge in the second half scoring two
straight goals in seven minutes to cut the deficit to 7-5. Her first score came
off the assist by Kaitlin Brophy at 26:45 and she quickly found the back of the
net for a second goal at 23:35.
After a timeout by
Cornell to stop the Columbia run, the Big Red responded with a pair of goals to
extend its lead to 9-5. Kate Murphy looked to keep the Lions comeback spirit
alive with a goal at 19:16.The Big Red used a 9-4 second half advantage in draw
controls to outscore Columbia 5-1 in the last 13 minutes of play to hand the
Lions a 14-7 loss.
"Overall I think we were a little inconsistent, but we certainly
continued to fight and that is something I am very proud of this year, " said
Cornell posted eight different scorers led by Lindsey Toppe
who scored a game high four goals. Columbia battled strong grabbing 32 ground
balls and forced 12 Cornell turnovers. The Lions drop to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in
the Ivy League.
Up next, Columbia
hosts Villanova on Wednesday, March 13 at 1 p.m. for a non-conference matchup
at Robert K. Kraft Field.