The field hockey team returns to the road after splitting its home games last weekend, beating Brown 4-1 but losing to Richmond 1-3. The Lions (3-3, 1-0 Ivy) will play at both Cornell and Fairfield University this weekend.
After an impressive victory over Brown in its Ivy opener, the Lions hope to remain undefeated in Ivy League play. Cornell (2-3, 0-1 Ivy) lost 4-3 at Penn last weekend despite two goals from the team’s leading scorer, Elly Plappert. Captain Carolyn Horner anchors the defense in goal, with a .684 save percentage. The Lions will look to prevent her from moving into Cornell’s record books with a win, which would rank her 10th all time in career wins. Junior co-captain Lauren Skudalski has been a strong defensive presence for the Lions, recording three saves last weekend.
Columbia will visit Fairfield on Sunday. The 6-2 Stags have lost only to nationally ranked No. 3 Princeton and No. 4 Connecticut. Fairfield extended its three-game winning streak last weekend with a 2-1 overtime win against Sacred Heart and a 4-0 shutout at Siena. Julie de Paeuw and Caitlin Bennett received conference recognition for their play, earning the America East Rookie of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week awards, respectively.
Sunday afternoon’s game will be Fairfield’s Play 4 The Cure game. Sponsored by the National Foundation for Cancer Research, the team’s fundraising efforts in these games over the last three years have raised more than $40,000 for breast cancer research.
Columbia takes on Cornell at 12 p.m. Saturday before traveling to face Fairfield Sunday at 1 p.m.