NEW YORK – The Columbia women's lacrosse team will host its second of four consecutive home games on Saturday, April 6 against Penn at 1 p.m. The Lions are coming off a dominating win at Robert K. Kraft Field on March 31, defeating Fresno State 16-7, to improve to 2-8 on the season.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia had four Lions score three goals or more on Sunday, March 31 to take down Fresno State, 16-7 in the team’s last outing. Kate Murphy scored a game-high four goals, while both Ashley Rinere and Kacie Johnson tallied six points, including three goals and three assists.
The Lions posted a season-high seven total assists and grabbed 17 of 23 draw controls to capture the 16-7 victory over Fresno State. Six different Lions scored, including an exciting final goal from Kaitlin Brophy, her second of the season.
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IVY LEAGUE STATISTICS
Johnson currently ranks as one of the Ivy League’s top offensive players, leading the conference in both goals and points. She has Ivy League best total of 33 goals and 41 points through 10 games so far this season.
For the second consecutive week, Paige Cuscovitch continues to lead the Ivy League in ground balls with 32 on the season. In just 10 games, the junior has caused a season best 30 turnovers. She has stepped up tremendously for the Lions’ defense, more than doubling her season totals over the previous two seasons in that category.
As a team, the Lions lead the conference in ground balls with 209 this season. With 106 caused turnovers, Columbia also leads the Ivy League with that defensive statistic.
WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
With her second score of the game against Dartmouth on March 23, Johnson tallied her 135th career goal. The Wilton, Conn. native is now Columbia’s all-time career goals leader with 142 goals, breaking the previous record of 134 held by Holly Glynn (‘09CC).
The senior has 222 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, Johnson surpassed Holly Glynn's ('09CC) mark of 186 points to become the all-time points leader in program history.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn is 5-4 on the season and remains unbeaten in the Ivy League with wins over Yale, Harvard and No. 14 Cornell. The Quakers offense holds two 20-point scorers in Iris Williamson (23 pts.) and Merdith Cain (22 pts.). The team’s trip to New York on Saturday will be its last of three straight road games.