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GAME NOTES (.pdf)

NEW YORK - The 2013 Columbia field hockey season will begin this weekend when the Lions head to the campus of American University in Washington, D.C. to take on Longwood and James Madison.

GAME INFORMATION

Longwood (1-1) - Friday, Sep. 6, 1 p.m.
All-Time Series Record:
First Meeting
Live Stats

James Madison - Sunday, Sep. 8, 1 p.m.
All-Time Series Record:
First Meeting
Live Stats

LET’S GET IT STARTED
Columbia field hockey will begin its 18th year of competition this weekend with a pair of neutral contests against Longwood and James Madison at American University in Washington, D.C.

A PAIR OF FIRSTS
The Lions are playing two unfamiliar foes, having never faced the Lancers or Dukes previously.

SCOUTING THE LANCERS
Longwood split its first two games of 2013, topping St. Joseph’s, 2-1, in the season-opener before falling to Miami (Ohio), 4-1, on Sep. 2. Senior midfielder Stacey deGrandhomme potted two goals against the Hawks to take the team lead in scoring. Kaye Goulding has seen all of the action between the pipes, posting a 2.50 GAA and a .615 save percentage on the young season.

SCOUTING THE DUKES
James Madison has been dominant in its first two games, outscoring Ball State and Kent State by a combined 13-2 margin. Taylor West already has five scores and eight other Dukes players have found their way on the scoresheet. In goal, Lena Wimmert got the nod in the opener, allowing one goal on six attempts. Stephanie Tarafas only had to make a pair of saves in the win over Ball State.
 
COLUMBIA IN SEASON OPENERS
The Lions are 8-9 all-time in season openers, dating back to 1996. The last time Columbia won to start a season was 2010 when they topped Vermont, 3-1.

MALONE CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Liz Malone has already established herself as one of the most prolific goal-scorers in Columbia history. In just three seasons, she has compiled 12 scores to tie for seventh on the career list. Additionally, her eight goals in 2012 rank as the 10th highest single-season total in program history.

ALL-STAR COACHING STAFF
With assistant coaches Caroline Nichols and Dani Forword joining head coach Marybeth Freeman’s staff over the course of the last two seasons, the Lions now boast seven NCAA Championships, four ACC Championships, six CAA Championships, two Olympic Games and international tournament experience from two countries (USA and South Africa) on their sideline.

OH CAPTAINS, MY CAPTAINS
Senior forward Liz Malone and junior back Lauren Skudalski were appointed team captains prior to the season. Malone is the team’s top returning scorer and Skudalski is regarded as one of the top defenders in the Ivy League.

FRESH FACES
Columbia has eight newcomers on the squad this year, including seven first-years and one transfer. The class of 2017 is comprised of Kendall Kuntz, Taylor Mills, Katie Ruesterholz, Meredith Kalberer and Caroline Trimble. The Lions also added Leah Matthews, a sophomore transfer from Wake Forest.


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