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NEW YORK – The Columbia women's lacrosse team will play its last of four straight home games on Wednesday, April 17 at 5 p.m. when they host Albany at Robert K. Kraft Field. Follow all the game action with Live Stats by clicking the link provided.

LAST TIME OUT

Columbia used aggressive defense to rally from a four-goal deficit and cut the lead to one in the final minute of play, but could not overcome Yale’s early lead, losing to the Bulldogs 13-12.  The game was part of a two-game charity event held at Long Island’s Oceanside High School by Lax Loves Long Island as part of a Hurricane Sandy Relief event.

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KACIE JOHNSON PLACED ON TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST

On Thursday, April 11, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced the second of two rounds of additions to the Tewaaraton Award Watch Lists, presented by Panama Jack. Two men and nine women have been added to the watch lists, from which the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award winners will be selected and honored May 30, 2013, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Behind her consistent stellar play and program record-setting performances this season, senior Kacie Johnson has joined the prestigious watch list. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse players in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and U.S. Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage.

Johnson currently ranks as one of the Ivy League’s top offensive players, leading the conference in both total goals (42) and points (54). With an average of 3.50 goals per game, the attacker ranks fifth nationally in that category.

NATIONAL STATISTICS

Paige Cuscovitch continues to remain atop the Ivy League in ground balls with 36 on the season, which ranks seventh best in the nation.  As a team, the Lions lead the conference in ground balls with 251 this season. The team’s average of 20.92 ground balls per game stands third best in the country. With 124 caused turnovers, Columbia also leads the Ivy League in that defensive category, which ranks tenth in the national statistics.

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 151 goals, breaking the previous record of 134 held by Holly Glynn (‘09CC).

The senior has 235 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 GREAT DANES

Albany enters Wednesday’s contest having won four of its last five games. The team improved to 8-4 on the season after winning its second consecutive game over UMBC in its last outing, 9-6. The Great Danes feature Rachael Burek who averages 3.17 assists per game, which stands as the fifth highest average in the country. Albany’s scoring defense also ranks among the nations best with a goals-allowed average of 7.50.


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