March 11, 2011

Columbia Rallies for First Victory

from press release

NEW YORK - The Columbia lacrosse used an eight-goal second half to defeat Iona 12-8 for its first win of the season on Friday, March 11.  Taylor Gattinella and Olivia Mann combined for eight of the Lions' 12 goals as the team improves to 1-2 this season.

The Gaels jumped out to an early 4-1 lead 13 minutes into the game after Gattinella put Columbia on the board with an unassisted tally 8:07 into the half.

Following an Iona goal at the 17:14 mark, the Lions went on a three-goal run to cut their deficit to one over the next four minutes.  Mann received a feed from her classmate Kacie Johnson, and 30 seconds later connected with Paige Cuscovitch to make it 4-3. Kelly Buechel got her first goal of the season when she finished on an eight-meter attempt to even the score to 4-4 with 12:55 to go in the first half.

The remainder of the period was a defensive battle, as Iona managed the only goal in the final 13 minutes of action to take a slim 5-4 lead into halftime.

After the break, the Lions came out roaring and went on a four-goal run.  Mann got things started when she beat Iona's goalie off a feed from Buechel to once again tie the game.  The Lions won the ensuing draw control and Camille Richardson found Gattinella to give the Lions their first lead of the game.

Columbia's offense continued to attack the opposing team as Gabrielle Geronimos had a hand in the next two goals.  The senior finished on a pass by Emily Kager, and then set up Gattinella on the next goal to make it 8-5 with 20:20 to play.

A pair of goals by Iona pulled them within one with just under 16 minutes on the clock, but that was as close as the Gaels would get.  The Lions scored four of the final five goals of the game, including a pair of free position goals by Geronimos and Johnson.

Gattinella had a monstrous all-around game after finishing with four goals, an assist, five draw controls and three ground balls. Mann had four goals, Geronimos and Johnson finished with three points each, and Karlee Blank made five of her seven saves in the second half.

For the game, Columbia had just six turnovers, including only one in the first half.  The Lions outshot the Gaels 26-16 and held a 14-8 advantage in draw controls.

Columbia (1-2, 0-1 Ivy League) returns to action on Sunday, March 13 when it hosts Cornell at Robert K. Kraft Field at 1 p.m.


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