The field hockey’s game on Friday will mark the beginning of the second half of its season. With the first half of the season under their belts, the Lions (3-5, 1-1 Ivy) are looking for a road victory over Princeton.
The Light Blue topped Brown 4-1 in its home opener. The Lions are 6-10 all-time in Ivy League debuts and have won their last five conference openers, all against the Bears.
Last Saturday, the Lions fell 3-2 to Cornell in Ithaca. First-year Katie Ruesterholz scored both goals in the game, and at weekend’s end her season goal total was raised to nine, a program record for first-year players.
Two weeks ago, the Tigers (5-3, 2-0 Ivy) beat Dartmouth 7-1. Last week, Princeton’s Allison Evans and Julia Reinprecht each scored one goal on the way to a 2-0 victory over Yale. Ranked No. 10 in the country, the Tigers will be tough competition on Saturday.
“If we play to our ability, it’s going to be a really great match,” Columbia junior Lauren Skudalski said in a phone interview.
Ruesterholz said that the team is trying to apply what it learned in the first half of the season to its play in the second half. “A few of the team’s strengths are the connections between the players and our ability to recognize the change of pace in a game,” she said.
Columbia and Princeton will go head to head on Friday at 6 p.m. at Bedford Field.