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Field Hockey Falls to Columbia, 3-2, in Final Regular-Season Contest

Harvard dropped a 3-2 game to Columbia at Jordan Field Saturday afternoon (photo Justine Agaloos).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team scored two goals and outplayed Ivy League foe Columbia in the second half, but it was not enough to beat the Lions Saturday at Jordan Field. Columbia tallied two first-half goals to open a 2-0 lead that was never relinquished during the 3-2 decision.

The Lions (9-7, 4-3 Ivy League) received goals from Katie DeSandis and Gabby Kozlowski in the opening frame. DeSandis found the back of the cage after collecting a rebound off of an initial shot from a penalty corner, while Kozlowski settled a loose ball in front of the net and fired past Harvard's Cynthia Tassopoulos.

Columbia controlled the offensive tempo in the first half, but Harvard quickly changed the pace over the next 35 minutes.

Harvard (3-13, 1-5 Ivy League) gained the momentum in the opening minutes of the second half with a goal to cut Columbia's lead to 2-1. Freshman Elizabeth Jacobson dribbled into the circle and drew Christie O'Hara, the Lion's goalie, out from the line. Jacobson dished to Noel Painter who buried the shot for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

The Crimson continued its offensive pressure in search of an equalizer in the second half, but Columbia eventually added its third score to hinder Harvard's chances. DeSandis made the score 3-1 with an unassisted goal from the center of the circle at the 60:24 mark.

Harvard outshot Columbia, 7-3, and gained more penalty corners, 4-1, than the Lions in the second stanza. Columbia held the advantage in shots for the game, 12-11, and corners were even at seven during the 70 minutes.

Senior Katelin Wahl added her first goal of the season with 29 seconds remaining in the game. Wahl beat O'Hara from the right side for the sixth goal of her career in her final game.

After the game, Harvard honored its five seniors who were playing for the final time in Cambridge. Along with Wahl, Tassopoulos, Kim Goh, Molly Stansik and Emma Keller were recognized.