The Friday Sports Roundup: Ivy League Play All Around

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The Friday Sports Roundup returns.

Football: The football team ended its non-Ivy League play with a discouraging loss to Lafayette, 13-3. While allowing 151 yards on the ground, the Lions could only rush for 30 yards themselves, and they were only able to put together one drive that lasted more than seven plays.

This week, Columbia heads to Philadelphia to play Penn (2-2) at 1 p.m, the first of its six remaining Ivy League games. Penn comes off a 27-7 victory over Georgetown, and two weeks ago beat Dartmouth 23-10. Fan buses for those who want to attend will leave from the 116th Street gates at 9:30 a.m. The game will also be broadcast on WKCR and 970AM.

Women’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to eight games. Last Friday, the Lions tied Penn in Philadelphia, 1-1. Junior Sophie Reiser scored her eighth goal of the season in the 33rd minute, but Penn tied the game in the 70th to keep the Lions at 2-0-1 in the Ivy League. On Sunday, the team pounded another non-Ivy League opponent, defeating Marist 6-1. First-year Nora Dooley had two goals, and Reiser, junior Ashley Mistele, first-year Ashlin Yahr, and sophomore Keri Nobil all added to the tally. Reiser capped the week by being named to two national teams of the week. The Lions now have four Ivy League games left, starting tomorow against Princeton at home at 4 p.m, as part of Soccer Homecoming.

Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team continued their up-and-down season this past week, with a big win in conference play and a disappointing midweek loss. On Saturday, the Lions won a huge game over Penn, 2-1, for their first win in Ivy League Play since 2005.  Senior Scott Strickland scored his first goal of his career just as the first half was ending, and sophomore Bayo Adafin would add his fifth goal of the season in the 69th minute to put Columbia over the top. At the time, Penn was ranked 19th in the country, making the game the team’s second win over a ranked opponent this year. On Tuesday, though, the team had a difficult 2-1 loss at home to Adelphi. Sophomore Pepe Carotenuto gave the Lions the lead in the 68th, but Adelphi equalized ten minutes later, and scored the winning goal two minutes into overtime. The men’s team plays Princeton at home tomorrow night at 7 p.m., as part of Soccer Homecoming.

Field Hockey: The field hockey team won twice this past week, with a 2-1 overtime win over Holy Cross on Sunday, and a 3-0 win over Hofstra on Wednesday. First-year Desi Scherf scored the overtime winner against Holy Cross, and junior forward Christine Buszczak set a new single-season record for assists against Hofstra. This weekend, the team hopes to turn around its Ivy fortunes when it travels to Penn on Sunday.

Volleyball: Conference play has not been kind to the volleyball team. Last weekend, the team lost 3-0 to Princeton on Friday and Penn on Saturday, to fall to 0-4 in the Ivy League, and 5-8 overall. This weekend, the Lions hit the road, playing at Dartmouth today, and Harvard tomorrow.

Tennis: Junior Mihai Nichifor won the ‘A’ singles title at the Columbia Classic without dropping a set, and he and teammate Haig Schneiderman also made it to the doubles final (where they lost to Cornell). On the women’s side, first-years Eliza Matache and Emilia Monell won the Flight IV doubles title at the USTA National Tennis Center Invitational. This weekend, the men play at ITA Regional Championships in New Haven, while the women have the weekend off.

Cross-Country: Both the men’s and women’s teams won the team titles at the Metropolitan Championships, held in Van Cortlandt Park. Junior Robert Hartnett won the men’s race outright. This weekend, they travel to Terre Haute, Indiana, for Pre-Nationals, before returning home for the Ivy League championships in two weeks.

Golf: The men’s golf team just missed out on a first-place finish in the ECAC Championships, finishing behind Yale by one stroke. Sophomore Austin Quinten finished fourth individually. The women’s team finished fourth at the Richmond Invitational, with junior Stevy Loy finishing third overall. This weekend, the men host the Columbia Invitational, while the women do not play this weekend.



  1. whaa?

    fan busses to penn?
    what is this madness?

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