Christina Freibott, swerving through defenders as always
After just another average sporting weekends at Columbia (that we properly prepared you for), Ross Chapman presents you with what you might have missed while – we hope – you were doing anything except watching f****ball.
Saturday wasn’t a fantastic day for the teams up at Baker Athletic Complex or on those on the road. But you can read all about that at the bottom of the article. On Sunday, however, the field hockey team (11-4, 4-1 Ivy) came out with a hunger for revenge against the Big Green. By halfway through the first half, the score was already 2-0. By the end of the half, the Lions had beaten the goalkeeper once more and extended the lead to 3-0. Whitney Hartstone, Katie Ruesterholz, and Christina Freibott all contributed points (goals or assists) to the Lions total, representing the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. Two time consecutive Ivy League Player of the Week Freibott led the way for Columbia again this week. She teamed up with Ruesterholz and scored the third goal of the game, and before that set up Zoe Blake’s penalty corner goal in the 12th minute. But Sunday, from a symbolic perspective, was all about the seniors.
The members of the class of 2015 on the team (all CC) received bonus applause during the game as the team celebrated Senior Day. The student-athletes all appeared in a video before the game talking about some of their time with the team. “It’s been an incredible experience,” recounted midfielder Zoe Blake. “It couldn’t have been better.” A lot of players pointed to the winning seasons and the team’s historic defeat of Princeton earlier in the season, but that’s not to say that the women are all business, all the time. Time together on the field and in hotels breeds comeraderie like few other things can, and that manifests itself in more ways that winning. “I can’t mention favorite moments without charades,” said Senior goalkeeper Marlee Silverstein, laughing about late night diversions.
Silverstein has taken a bit of a backseat this season to her underclassman Kimberly Pianucci. But in the final three minutes of the game, coach Marybeth Freeman pulled Pianucci and put Sliverstein in the goal. When the clock ticked down to zero, Silverstein’s parents, who came up to Baker for the game, watched with all of the other fans as the six seniors on the team finished their last home game on the field and celebrated in unison. The team still has two important away games until they complete their season, but the team’s seniors deserved a chance to celebrate with the Columbia fans.
News on soccer, volleyball, and two flavors of rowing after the jump