Bwog Sports Sunday: We Win, We Lose, We Still Booze

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Homecoming, fondly referred to as Christmas in some circles, is an intoxicating occasion in which students, parents, and alumni alike play out their state school fantasies by engaging in heavy drinking and casual spectating. This year was no exception. Columbia fans didn’t let the construction at Baker Athletic Complex tarnish their school (read: drinking) spirit. They showed up in full force with one of the biggest crowds in years, decked out in Columbia gear; sporting blue face, body paint, and bearing signs, banners, and the occasional vomit stain. Though Penn ran away with the game in the end, Homecoming is always a reminder that Columbia has competitive and entertaining athletic teams, or something like that. Bwog Sports Savant, Kevin Powers, recaps the week.

Football (0-5):

Latest Result: The Lions drop Homecoming game 27-20 in fourth quarter to Ivy League rival Penn (3-2).

Highlights: In the much-anticipated Homecoming game, Columbia got on the board first with a field goal from sophomore kicker Luke Eddy at the end of the first quarter. The Lions widened the gap early in the second with a two-yard touchdown run from Marcorus Garrett after a Quaker running back was stripped and defensive back Kalasi Huggins recovered the football to put the Lions in scoring position. Despite the early lead, the Quakers came back to tie up the game going into halftime. The Lions came back fired up after the break, scoring on the opening drive to take lead again 17-10 when sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett found Hamilton Garner off a play action fake. The Quakers soon rallied, however, tallying a field goal followed by an 82 yard touchdown drive to take their first lead over the Lions 17-20. Columbia’s final drive of the game stalled at the Penn 4 when the Lions committed three penalties and threw two incomplete passes. Sophomore kicker Luke Eddy tied the game at 20-20 with a 35-yard field goal against the wind with just 1:31 left in the fourth quarter, but Penn made use of the time remaining, winning the game with a 56 yard touchdown drive with 25 seconds left on the clock.

Upcoming Contest: The Lions take on Dartmouth (1-4) on the road next weekend.

Volleyball (11-6):

Latest Result: The Lions had mixed results on the road this weekend, beating Dartmouth (10-7) 3-2 on Friday before falling to Harvard (10-7) on Saturday 3-0.

Highlights: The Volleyball team has seen a number of successes recently, sweeping Penn and Princeton at home last weekend. Following those victories, Lions freshman Caitlin Brenton earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors and junior Megan Gaughn was named Columbia Student Athlete of the Month. And finally, with their big win over Dartmouth on Friday, in a forced fifth set, the Lions moved into a tie for first place in the Ivy League. Despite the positive momentum, the Lions were stunned by Harvard on Saturday, falling in straight sets. Columbia now stands at 5-2 in the Ivy League in third place.

Upcoming Contest: The Lions will play at home for their next six games, starting this Saturday at 5pm against Cornell (4-14).

Men’s Soccer (5-6-1):

Latest Result: The Lions upset defending Ivy League Champs Princeton (3-8-1) on the road 2-1, moving them to 2-1 in the Ivy League.

Highlights: With the game tied 1-1 in the second half, junior Will Stamatis scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season on Saturday night with just 1:43 remaining in regulation. Stamatis was also named Student Athlete of the Month with Volleyball’s Megan Gaughn. Check out his swag.

Upcoming Contest:  The Lions head to Dartmouth (5-4-2) on Saturday for another Ivy League match-up.

Women’s Soccer (4-9):

Latest Result: The Lions fell 4-1 to Princeton (4-8-1) on the road on Saturday, dropping them to 2-2 in the Ivy League.

Highlight: Senior forward Ashlin Yahr pulled within two of the career scoring record with her first half goal on Saturday. Personal accomplishments over team victories? We’ll take what we can get.

Upcoming Contest: The Women’s Soccer team heads to Dartmouth (3-9-0) next weekend for another conference match.

Field Hockey (5-6):

Latest Result: The Lions took down Penn (2-10) on Friday 5-1, advancing them to 3-1 in the Ivy League.

Highlights: The Lions looked strong against Penn with a diversified attack; rebounding after a tough loss to Syracuse last weekend. Five Lions shared the scoring on Friday, as the Lions tallied their most goals in any single game this season. Watch coach Freeman sing her teams praises.

Upcoming Contest: Field Hockey takes on VCU on Sunday at home at 1pm. The Lions will wear pink ribbons, shoelaces, and socks in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will also be a table near the field for donations to the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.

HCNW via Columbia News

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  1. oh and five  

    leaves some room 4 improvement. def worth the smart kids who didn't get in b/c of football recruitment, tho

    • Well

      I bet you got in for a reason other than being smart too as very few people got into this school based on smarts alone. Whether it was for being a great violinist, a poor rural kid, a standout athlete, a minority or something else it shouldn't matter. Don't forget you wouldn't be going to an Ivy League school if it wasn't for the football team.

  2. Anonymous  

    It would be nice if you would mention all of the teams that compete in the fall. Or at least report on different teams each week.

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