Football: After the season-opening win over Fordham, the football team has its home opener against Central Connecticut State (12:30, Baker Field). Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week Millicent Olawale looks to continue his strong start to the year, while the defense hopes to stop Central Connecticut running back James Mallory. Students get in free (and the game is the first part of the Lions Den program, in which loyal fans who go to certain games during the year can
win enter a drawing to win prizes), while those who can’t make it can listen to the game on gocolumbialions.com or WKCR.
Fencing: Columbia senior Daria Schneider got into a swordfight with the leader of the free world earlier this week, though only as part of a promotion for Chicago’s 2016 Olympics bid. Video from CBS’s website can be found here, and Schneider and teammate Kurt Getz will be competing in the 2009 World Fencing Championships (aired on Universal Sports, one of NBC’s digital channels) at the beginning of October.
Soccer: The men’s soccer team rebounded from a close loss on Sunday to nationally-ranked Boston University to claim their first home victory of the season, 2-1 in overtime on Friday over Bryant. Junior Bayo Adafin scored both goals for the Lions, including the game-winner less than three minutes into overtime. The women’s team similarly rebounded from a Sunday loss (2-1 to St. John’s) to beat Central Connecticut State 3-2 midweek on 2 goals from Melissa Schultz and 1 from Kelly Hostetler. The men do not play again until Tuesday against Fordham, but the women open their Ivy League play against Cornell tonight before facing Colgate on Sunday.
Field Hockey: A midweek 5-2 victory over Fairfield extended the field hockey team’s winning streak to three games. Christine Buszczak scored a hat-trick, while Julie Hatchett and Julia Harrison added a goal each. The Lions look to go 2-0 in the Ivy League tomorrow at Cornell, before finishing their weekend trip at Syracuse on Sunday.
Volleyball: After going 3-0 in last weekend’s Columbia Classic, the volleyball team starts its Ivy League play against (you guessed it) Cornell, as part of the Columbia Tri-Match this weekend. The two teams face each other at 1 p.m. tomorrow, before facing Hartford later in the day.