Following two tough losses against ranked opponents last weekend, the field hockey squad rebounded with a victory in its Ivy opener against Brown on Friday before dropping a 3-1 game to Richmond on Sunday.
Senior Liz Malone and first-year Katie Ruesterholz provided the offensive spark for Columbia (3-3, 1-0 Ivy) on Friday, scoring two goals and benefiting from two assists from sophomore Anna Scipioni. Brown’s sole goal came in the 30th minute of play from Meghan O’Donnell. With the 4-1 win, the Lions have now come away victorious in seven straight contests against the Bears.
But the Lions were not as successful on Sunday, coming up short in a 3-1 loss to Richmond, which is now riding a four-game win streak. The Spiders played a strong first half, with 11 shots to Columbia’s three. The Lions trailed 3-0 at the break, but junior Zoe Blake cut the deficit to two with her third goal of the season three minutes into the second half.
The Lions continued to apply pressure throughout the rest of the contest, outshooting Richmond 6-0. But they were unable to translate that aggressive play into goals, suffering a loss that brings their record to .500.
The team will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 28, traveling to Cornell (2-3), which most recently dropped its first Ivy game to Penn.