Lions Claim 4-2 Win at Brown to Begin Ivy League Play
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Columbia field hockey team opened Ivy League play with a 4-2 victory at Brown Saturday afternoon. The Lions (3-2, 1-0) had four different players light the lamp and won their conference opener for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons.
Columbia maintained control in the offensive zone right off the bat and got on the board in the 13th minute on a nice breakout play. Jennifer Trieschman received the ball at the top of the circle and pushed a pass to Isabella Collins, who found room on the far side for her first career goal.
In the 21st minute, the Lions extended the advantage off their first corner of the game. Emily Maclean shuffled the ball to her right and found Danielle Buttinger with time and space. The senior ripped a low sweep shot under the sprawling Brown goalkeeper.
The Bears responded with a goal two minutes later. Ellie Sied backed her way toward the goal and fed Keely O'Keefe from close range to cut the deficit to 2-1. Brown used that momentum to generate more chances, but its final three attempts of the half were either deflected away or off the mark as the Lions took a one-goal advantage into the locker room.
Trieschman restored the two-goal cushion in the 55th minute with a highlight-reel score. The Houston native batted the ball off the hop from the top of the scoring area and found the back of the net for the fifth time this season. However, the Bears rallied once more.
Off a corner, Rachel Lanouette finished off a traditional corner setup to make it 3-2 in the 62nd minute. Columbia regained the momentum with a goal two minutes later to put the icing on the cake. Brooke Gasser sent a pass to the right side, that was tipped in by Katie Koester, who assisted on the Trieschman goal, for her third score of the year.
The Lions will remain in Providence to take on Bryant, Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m. on the campus of Brown.