NEW YORK – On Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m., the Columbia women's lacrosse team will return to Ivy League play for a tough matchup against No. 13 Dartmouth. After a two-game road swing, the Lions are back at Robert K. Kraft on Saturday afternoon.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Columbia will look to make program history this weekend with an upset that would give the Lions its first victory over Dartmouth since the teams first met in 1997. The Big Green lead the all-time series at 16-0, including a 15-4 Columbia defeat in last season's meeting.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia scored a season high nine goals in the second half on Wednesday, March 20 against New Hampshire to erase a five-point deficit. With the score tied at 11-11, a goal by New Hampshire’s Kayleigh Hinkle in the closing seconds handed the Lions a tough 12-11 loss.
The Lions trailed 6-2 at halftime, but Columbia won the second half by outscoring the Wildcats 9-6 and by protecting the ball with only two turnovers. Katie Angulo and Paige Cuscovitch both posted hat tricks and first-year Collen Packer tallied six saves in her first start of the season.
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WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
Johnson has 209 career points to date, becoming the first Columbia player to reach the 200-point mark. With seven points on Saturday, Feb. 23 in a win over Mount St. Mary's, Kacie Johnson surpassed Holly Glynn's ('09CC) mark of 186 points to become the all-time points leader in program history.
With a current career total of 133 goals, Johnson is one score shy of tying the Lions all-time career goals record of 134 also held by Holly Glynn (‘09CC).
IVY LEAGUE & NATIONAL STATISTICS
Johnson currently stands second in the Ivy League in goals per game with an average of 3.43. With a total of 24 goals this season, the senior's goals per game average ranks fifth best in the nation.
Cuscovitch aggressive play this season continues to post big numbers. The junior is a top the Ivy League in ground balls with 27 on the season. Her average of 3.67 ground balls per game ranks sixth nationally.
As a team, the Lions lead the conference in ground balls with 148 through seven games. The team’s game average of 22.67 stands sixth best in the country.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
No.13 Dartmouth is one of four teams in the Ivy League with an unblemished conference record at 1-0. The Big Green have earned a 5-2 overall record this seasons with losses by top 10 opponents No. 6 Duke and No. 2 Florida.