After opening the season with two straight victories for the first time since 2010, the Columbia field hockey team (2-0) will face two tough first-time opponents—No. 2 Maryland (4-0) and No. 20 American (3-1)—at the Terrapin Invitational in College Park, Md.
Over the opening weekend, the Lions played well on both sides of the field. Freshman Katie Ruesterholz was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring three goals on just as many shots between Columbia’s 5-0 shutout of Longwood on Friday and the Light Blue’s tight 2-1 victory over James Madison on Sunday.
On the other side of the field, sophomore goalie Kimberly Pianucci masterfully protected the net, blocking 19 of 20 shots for the Light Blue.
The weekend, the Lions will face their toughest competition yet. The Terps—led by Anna Dessoye, whose 13 points leads the team—have defeated three top-20 squads. Last weekend, Maryland dominated No. 8 Old Dominion and No. 17 Drexel by scores of 3-0 and 8-3, respectively.
Meanwhile, American improved to 3-1 last weekend, blanking James Madison 2-0 and crushing Longwood 7-1. Carly Atchison leads the Eagles with six points.
The Lions will face the Terps at 11 a.m. on Saturday, before meeting American at 12 p.m. on Sunday.