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Knickerbocker Recap: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over Edition

Get yourself a squad like this.

Sports Editor Abby Rubel may or may not have lost her voice at the football game on Saturday, but she still manages to bring you your weekly dose of sports news.

Women’s Cross Country: Columbia finished 18 out of 31 teams at the NCAA Championships this weekend, the best finish by an Ivy League team since Dartmouth finished 16th in 2013 and Columbia’s best finish since 2005. The Lions hadn’t been to the championships since 2008. Senior Libby Kokes finished in 50th place with a time of 20:43.6. Sophomore Allie Hays took 101st. Senior Erin Gregoire finished 118th, followed two seconds later by junior Katie Wasserman in 120th place. Junior Abby McLaughlin rounded out Columbia’s top finishers in 190th place.

Fencing: Both the men’s and women’s teams dominated at the Columbia Invitational over the weekend. With three victories, both teams improve to 4-0. The women outscored NJIT 26-1, Stevens 20-7, and Johns Hopkins 23-4 to go 69-12 on the evening, winning 26 out of 27 foil bouts. Sophomore Sylvie Binder and junior Ester Schreiber both went 9-0, and senior Iman Blow went 8-1. The men’s team was not quite as dominant, thanks in part to the absence of junior Mick Yamanaka. They defeated NJIT 15-12, Stevens 16-11, and Johns Hopkins 17-10.

Football: Columbia (6-4, 3-4 Ivy) beat Cornell (3-7, 2-5 Ivy) on Saturday 24-21 in their last home game of the season. Although the Lions finished only fourth in the Ivies, their 3-0 non-conference record helped them achieve their first pair of back-to-back winning season since 1961-2. First-year wide receiver Mike Roussos scored 14 of Columbia’s points—seven on a 91-yard punt return early in the game and seven on a 87-yard kickoff return that won the game in the final minutes. The Light Blue went into halftime leading 10-7 after Roussos’s punt return and a field goal from senior Chris Alleyne. Neither team scored in the third, but then Cornell opened the fourth quarter with a 31-yard touchdown run, taking the lead 14-10. With just over six minutes left, senior Kyle Castner (usually a wide receiver, but playing quarterback) led the team down the field and scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season, making it 17-14 Columbia. But with under a minute to play, Cornell scored another touchdown, and it looked like the game was lost—until Roussos returned the kickoff for his second touchdown of the day, claiming a victory for the Lions.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: lost 192-103 at Harvard
Men’s Swimming and Diving: lost 216-83 at Harvard
Women’s Basketball: lost 78-65 at Milwaukee, lost 76-69 at Illinois
Men’s Basketball: lost 94-83 against Youngstown State, lost 98-87 against Florida International, lost 70-69 at Fordham
Wrestling: 3rd/88 teams at the Black Knight Invitational

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