The women’s field hockey team (3-5, 1-1 Ivy) weathered two close losses this weekend, despite a record-breaking performance by first-year Katie Ruesterholz.
The Lions fell to Cornell (3-4, 1-1 Ivy) on Saturday with a 3-2 loss. Columbia’s two goals came courtesy of Ruesterholz, which brought her season total goals to seven. The mark tied her with Julia Garrison, CC ’10—who achieved the feat during the 2007 season—for most goals by a first-year athlete. Ruesterholz would add another two goals on Sunday to set a program record for first-years, bringing her season to nine—with 10 games left in the regular season.
Columbia pulled within one goal with just under two minutes left in the game but were unable to capitalize on a Cornell yellow card to pull even, also dropping the Lions to .500 in Ivy League play.
Despite some spirited play, the Light Blue came up short during its 4-3 loss on Sunday to Fairfield (8-2). Columbia jumped out to an early lead with Ruesterholz’s first goal in the fourth minute. The Lions headed into the half tied at 1-1 and pulled ahead in the 41st minute thanks to a goal by junior Zoe Blake.
But the Stags gained the upper hand in the 62nd minute, with two goals within 33 seconds. They scored again in the 66th minute, despite an impressive 12 stops on the game by sophomore goalkeeper Kimberly Pianucci, before Ruesterholz added her second score of the day to put the game at 4-3.
Columbia will return to Ivy play this Friday night at No. 10 Princeton (5-3, 2-0 Ivy).