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Friday Sports Roundup: Spring Sports Begin!

Men’s Basketball
: Let’s face it – last Saturday’s loss to Yale, after a huge win over Brown was a big blow to the team’s title hopes. With 4 games left in the season, though, anything is possible, and the Lions (11-13, 6-4 in the Ivy League) are at least looking to finish a strong second. Tonight, they take on Harvard (whom they beat on a thrilling last-second shot two weeks ago), and on Saturday, they have a big game against Dartmouth, who are tied with the Lions at 6-4. Both games can be heard at 7 p.m. on 970AM and WKCR.

Women’s Basketball: This weekend is your last chance to catch the women’s team (13-11, 6-4 Ivy League) and star forward Judie Lomax in action at home, as they take on the two teams ahead of them in the Ivy League standings: Harvard (7-2) tonight and Dartmouth (9-0) tomorrow night (both games at 7 p.m.). Behind Lomax, who won her fourth Ivy League player of the week award, the Lions won both games last weekend, defeating Brown 88-57 (Lomax had 16 points, 17 rebounds, guard Danielle Brown had 11 assists) and Yale 77-61 (Lomax had 20 points, 18 rebounds). The team’s 13 wins is in fact their most ever in Division I.

Baseball: The defending Ivy League champions are looking to come back even stronger this year, and open their season against Lamar tonight at 7:30. They’ll be out in Texas, California, and other warmer locales for the next month; the first home game is not until Tuesday, March 24th against St. John’s.

Fencing: The fencing teams could not make up for their losses at the first half of the Ivy League championships, finishing second to the Penn men’s and Harvard women’s teams respectively. Six Columbia fencers, though, were named first team All-Ivy. Tomorrow, the teams compete in the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championships at Brandeis University.

Swimming & Diving: The men’s team handily defeated Dartmouth 182-117 to finish out the regular season with a record of 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League. The women also defeated Dartmouth, by the even larger score of 205-95, to finish their regular season a stellar 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League. This weekend, the women’s team competes in the Ivy League championships, while the men compete in the ECAC championships.

Wrestling: The wrestling team continues to struggle, losing to Harvard and Brown last weekend to fall to 1-4 in the Ivy League and 3-14 overall. However, two sophomores received All-Ivy honors: 165-pounder Eren Civan (15-9 individual record, including 4-1 in the league) was named to the second-team, while heavyweight Ryan Flores, who has a record of 27-3 and is ranked 9th in the country, was a unanimous first-team selection.

Track & Field: After two weeks off, the track teams compete this weekend in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.

Women’s Lacrosse: The women’s lacrosse team got off to a winning start, 14-10 over Monmouth earlier today. Senior co-captain Holly Glynn led the way with six goals, as the Lions outshot Monmouth 16-5 in the first-half to take an 8-3 lead. On Sunday, Columbia takes on Lafayette, before heading to Staten Island on Wednesday to face Wagner.


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