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POSTGAME INTERVIEW WITH MARYBETH FREEMAN
POSTGAME INTERVIEW WITH LIZ MALONE
NEW YORK – Senior Liz Malone and first-year Katie Ruesterholz provided all the offense as the Columbia field hockey team bested Brown, 4-1, to open up Ivy League play on Friday night.
The Lions (3-2, 1-0) dictated the pace from the get-go in front of an energetic crowd at the Baker Athletics Complex and outshot the Bears (2-3, 0-1), 24-7, in the game.
Malone opened the scoring in the ninth minute, redirecting a long pass down the left side from Ruesterholz into the back of the cage for her first tally of the season.
Just under seven minutes later, Ruesterholz was on the receiving end of nice pass from the right corner from Christina Freibott. Ruesterholz got her stick on the ball and slipped it past Brown goalkeeper Shannon McSweeney to give Columbia a 2-0 edge.
In the 27th minute, Malone corralled a centering feed from Anna Scipioni and lofted it on the upper righthand corner of the net for her second goal of the contest.
The Bears pulled within 3-1 after a Meghan O’Donnell goal in the 30th minute, but that would be as close as Brown would come.
Ruesterholz put the game away 10 minutes into the second half, scoring off a bit of a scramble play after a penalty corner. Scipioni picked up her second point of the night with the assist.
Sophomore Kimberly Pianucci only had to stop three shots, but picked up the win. Junior Zoe Blake fired a team-high six shots. The victory was the seventh-straight for Columbia over the Bears.
The Lions return to action on Sunday, September 22 for a non-conference tilt against Richmond at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue at noon.