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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Cornell Pulls Away Late, Lions Fall 12-9
Recap, photo courtesy of Columbia University
Senior midfielder Laine Parsons led the Lions with three goals on the day
NEW YORK – The Columbia women's lacrosse team came out
blazing with a strong first-half performance, but Cornell used a late
outburst to edge the Lions, 12-9, in Columbia's first Ivy League home
contest of the season at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien
Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Columbia moves to 2-5 (0-1 Ivy) on the 2019 campaign, while the Big Red improve to 3-2 (2-0) on the young season.
Senior midfielder Laine Parsons
led Columbia with a season-high three goals for her first hat trick of
the season, all three of which came in the first half. First-year
attacker Rachel Graff and sophomore attacker Alexandria Absey also recorded two goals apiece for the Lions, while senior midfielder Lindsey Ewertsen dished out a career-high and game-high four assists for a team-best four points.
Parsons ignited the Columbia offense early in the contest, firing in a
goal just 57 seconds into play to give the Lions the early lead. Using a
pair of goals from junior midfielder Fallon Quinn
and Graff, the Lions took a 3-1 lead at the 24:38 mark in the first
half. The remainder of the opening period was back and forth, but with
2:05 remaining before halftime, Graff intercepted a pass from Cornell's
goalkeeper and quickly dished it to Parsons who put it through to give
the Lions a 7-6 lead heading into the break.
Both teams were quiet out of halftime, but the Big Red broke through
first with the equalizing goal with 23:38 remaining. The Lions responded
as first-year Katie Lutz passed to senior midfielder Emily Manville
out of a free position attempt, who then connected with Graff for her
second goal of the day, giving Columbia an 8-7 advantage. From there,
the Big Red recorded four-straight goals and the Lions would not
Junior goalkeeper Abby Roberts
played all 60 minutes in net for the Lions, registering a career-high
12 saves in the outing, including seven in the first half alone.
With a game-high seven draw controls, Ewertsen tied Taylor Quinn's
school record for career draw controls with 194. On the season, Ewertsen
has already grabbed 39 draw controls which ties for ninth on the
school's single-season list.
The Lions will be back in action Saturday, March 16, traveling to face UConn in Storrs, Connecticut, at 11:30 a.m. ET.