Sports Editor Abby Rubel recounts tales of streaks forged and broken over the weekend.
Football: Columbia (2-1, 0-1 Ivy) lost 45-10 to Princeton (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) on Friday. The game started off on a high note when Columbia sophomore Will Allen returned Princeton’s kickoff for 91 yards, giving Columbia the ball on Princeton’s 7 yard line. Columbia settled for a field goal, setting the tone for the rest of the game. The Lions scored their only touchdown of the game at the beginning of the second quarter, but other than that Princeton dominated on offense and defense. Columbia struggled to convert third downs, succeeding on only three of their 14 attempts. In the second half, they had only five first downs and were outscored 15-0. The Light Blue defense managed to contain the Tigers in the last quarter, but their offense was simply not able to put points on the board.
Women’s Soccer: The Lions (5-4-1, 2-0 Ivy) continued their Ivy streak in a 2-1 victory over Brown (4-6-1, 0-2 Ivy) this weekend. Columbia now leads the Ivy League and is the only team to have won both conference games. The game was tied 1-1 with less than a minute left in regulation, but then senior Rachel Alexander passed to sophomore Jordyn Geller. Geller edged the ball past Brown goalie Christine Etzel to win the game for Columbia. Columbia goalie Sophie Whitehouse made six saves and recorded her fifth win. The Lions will take on second-place Penn next weekend.
Field Hockey: The Blue and White (6-3, 2-0 Ivy) also remains undefeated in conference play after beating Cornell (2-7, 0-2 Ivy) in a 2-0 game, but the team is still third in the Ivies. Cornell goalie Maddie Henry made 13 saves but couldn’t stop the Columbia offense entirely. Seniors Danielle Buttinger and Katherine Cavanaugh both scored goals for the Lions. Buttinger’s goal came in the 18th minute of the game, after Cavanaugh touch-passed to her. Cavanaugh scored in the 41st minute off of a deflection from a Cornell defender. Columbia goalie Katie Dempsey had four saves for the second shut-out of her season.
Women’s Tennis: 1 singles title and 1 singles consolation title at West Point Invitational
Volleyball: won 3-1 against Dartmouth, won 3-1 against Harvard
Women’s Golf: 9th out of 12 teams at Princeton Invitational
Men’s Soccer: won 3-1 at Brown
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