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Bwog Sports Sunday: Lows and Highs


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Bacchanal weekend got off to a bad start for many Lions teams. Yale snapped the Men’s Tennis team’s 12 game winning streak and handed the squad their first Ivy League loss. The Bulldogs similarly got the better of the Women’s Tennis team, while Cornell swept Baseball and Softball in Saturday’s doubleheader. The Lions, however, bounced back to tally some big (gigantic) wins later in the weekend, including two victories over Dartmouth from the tennis teams, a win against Big Red Softball, and a second place finish in the 6th Annual Roar-EE Women’s Golf Invitational.

Read on for more Columbia Athletics scores and news, and see the Lions’ lows and highs while you were high on Low.

Men’s Tennis (17-3, 4-1 Ivy League):


Yale 3-4 (L)
Dartmouth 5-2 (W)

Highlights: The Lions entered Saturday’s match against Yale on a 12 game winning streak and undefeated in the Ivy League. Columbia opened play with a strong performance in the doubles, as freshman Max Schnur and Ashok Narayana took down their nationally ranked opponents in the No.1 spot, 8-2. The Bulldogs struck back with a win in No. 3 doubles, but senior Haig Schneiderman and freshman Winston Lin salvaged the doubles point for the Lions after taking the No. 2 doubles in a tiebreaker. In the singles, Yale quickly drew the score even with a win in the No. 4 spot. Though Lin followed with a two-set victory in the No. 2 singles, the Bulldogs went on to take the No. 1 and No. 5 matches to pull ahead of the Lions. Columbia, however, would not go down without a fight, as sophomore Tizian Bucher battled back from a set down to win the No. singles, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. The match came down the the No. 3 singles where the Lions lost a heartbreaking three-setter to snap their win streak and hand them their first Ivy League loss.

The Lions rallied today, taking down the Big Green, 5-2.

Up Next: The Lions return home next weekend to take on Princeton on Friday at 2 pm at Dick Savitt Tennis Center, before heading to Penn on Sunday for their final Ivy League match of the season.

Women’s Tennis (13-4, 3-2 Ivy League):


Yale 2-5 (L)
Dartmouth 5-2 (W)

Highlights: On Saturday, the Lions faced Ivy League-leading Yale at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in one of the toughest matches of the season. The #28 nationally ranked Bulldogs came out strong in the doubles, clinching the point with two quick wins in the No. 2 and 3 spots before sophomores Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga beat their #75 ranked opponents in the No. 1 doubles. The Bulldogs continued to dominate in the singles, winning in the No. 6 and No. 4 spots   and then going on to clinch the win with a victory in the No. 5 singles. The match was over before the Lions could tally a single point. Nonetheless, Sanon went on to win the No. 2 spot and senior Nicole Bartnik pulled out a three set battle in the No. 1 spot to bring the final match score to 2-5.

The Lions bounced back today with a win over Brown, 5-2, bringing their overall record to 13-4 and their Ivy League record to 3-2.

Up Next: The Lions head to Princeton on Friday before returning home to take on Penn at noon on Sunday at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in their final match of the season.

Baseball (13-19, 5-6 Ivy League):


St. John’s 9-6 (W)
Cornell (Game 1) 1-2 (L) 8 inn.
Cornell (Game 2) 0-3 (L)
Cornell (Game 1) 4-5 (L)
Cornell (Game 2) Not in by press time

Highlights: Against St. John’s on Tuesday, senior Jon Eisen opened the game with a single to right field and junior Nick Ferraresi followed with a double to drive in the first run of the game. Ferraresi hit another double in the third inning, and scored after junior Alex Black singled with two outs. St. John’s responded with four runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead, and the Lions brought in freshman George Thanopoulos to relieve Columbia’s starter. The Lions rallied in the fifth when senior Alex Aurrichio hit a single into right center to plate Ferraresi, and then stole second to allow Black to run home off the catcher’s throw. The Lions caught fire two innings later, scoring five runs to put Columbia up by five. St. John’s attempted to mount a comeback in the eighth, but fell short, handing the Lions a 9-6 victory.

The Lions headed up to Cornell this weekend to play two doubleheaders against the Big Red. In Game 1 on Saturday, Columbia got on the board first in the third inning, when Ferarresi and junior Dario Pizzano executed a double steal to put the Lions up, 1-0. Both teams were quiet on offense for much of the game due to strong pitching from Columbia starter Pat Lowery, who allowed only two hits in six innings, and his Big Red counterpart. Cornell finally got on the board in the seventh with an RBI double to tie the game, and added another run in the eighth off a sacrifice fly to take the game, 2-1, over the Lions. In game two, the Lions struggled to get out of a bind in the first inning after allowing a single and double from Cornell’s first two batters. The Big Red were able to capitalize, scoring three runs in the opening inning. Cornell starter McAfee didn’t allow the Lions to gain any offensive momentum, setting down 11 of the first 12 Columbia batters. Junior Tim Geil settled down after the first inning, allowing just one base hit in remaining seven innings in his first career complete game, but the Lions were unable to recover from the early deficit.

The Lions fell again to the Big Red on Sunday in game one, 5-6.

Up Next: The Lions face Manhattan for a doubleheader on Wednesday, and then return home for back-to-back double headers against Princeton on Saturday and Sunday on Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.

Softball (10-25, 4-8 Ivy League):


Cornell (Game 1) 7-9 (L)
Cornell (Game 2) 1-9 (L)
Cornell (Game 1) 7-3 (W)
Cornell (Game 2) 3-5 (L)

Highlights: The Lions got on the board first on Saturday against Cornell, scoring two runs in the first inning. Junior Allison Lam drew a walk followed by an RBI double from sophomore Morgan Cook to plate Lam. The Cornell starter walked three more batters, handing the Lions their second run of the game. The Big Red answered with a run in the bottom of the second, but the Lions continued their offensive pressure as sophomore Tristan Moone cranked a solo home run over the wall in center field to put Columbia up 3-1. Cornell, however, found their groove in the third inning, tallying seven runs to take the lead from the Lions. Columbia mounted a comeback in the fourth, scoring two runs to cut the lead to three and picked up another run in the sixth after Cook slammed an RBI double to left center. Taylor added to the effort with a solo home run in the seventh, but the Lions were unable to close the game, falling 7-9. In game two, Cornell got their offense going early, scoring five runs in the first frame to take control of the game. The Lions didn’t get on the board until the third inning, when freshman Alix Cook drove in Lam with an RBI groundout to make it a 6-1 game. The Big Red added three more runs in the bottom of the third to generate an insurmountable lead.

The Lions rallied today to take game one, 7-3, but fell in game two, 3-5.

Up Next: The Lions take on Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday before returning home to face Princeton in back-to-back doubleheaders next weekend.



Heavyweight: Blackwell Cup (Penn, Yale) V8: 2nd of 3

Lightweight: Dodge Cup (Penn, Yale) V8. 2nd of 3

Highlights: The heavyweights rowed against Penn and Yale this weekend in the Blackwell Cup, beating Penn but falling a full length behind Yale. The Lions got off to a great start on Saturday, leading Penn and holding off Yale for the first 700 meters. By midway through the race, the Bulldogs pulled even with the Lions and then made a strong move in the third 500 to capture first place.

In the 2012 Dodge Cup, the lightweights battled through a close race for all 2000 meters, but fell short by just 2.1 seconds to Yale, the defending national lightweight champions. Columbia stayed even with Penn and Yale for the first 500, but the Bulldogs then made a big move to pull ahead. While the Quakers fell back, the Lions stayed with Yale right to the finish line.



6th Annual Roar-EE Invitational: 2nd of 14

Highlights: The Lions placed second in 6th Annual Roar-EE Invitational over the weekend, falling over to Harvard who won the tournament after shooting 24-over 600. Sophomore Michelle Piyapattra led the Lions with a stellar performance, shooting 3-under 69 and winning her second consecutive Roar-EE Invitational.

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