Late Columbia Goal Gives Lions 11-10 Win Over Crimson

Cambridge, Mass. - Gabriel Geronimos scored her third goal of the game with 39.9 second left on the clock to give Columbia an 11-10 win over Harvard Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.

Three players led the charge for the Crimson (4-10, 1-5 Ivy) with freshman Tyler Petropulos scoring four goals. Sophomore Jess Halpern and freshman Katie Doherty both had hat tricks, while tri-captain Sara Flood and senior Kaitlin Martin recorded an assist each. The four goals for Petropulos equaled a career-high set against Boston University earlier this year. Holly Glynn led the Lions (7-6, 1-5 Ivy) with four scores.

The Crimson scored the first goal of the game when Flood met up with Doherty after 3:25 of play. Columbia answered a little over a minute later. It was the first of four ties on the afternoon. Over the next three minutes, Petropulos and Halpern scored to give the home team a 3-1 advantage. Geronimos and Glynn scored three of the next four goals to tie the score at 4-4 with 3:53 remaining in the half. The score remained tied until Brittney Shannon put Columbia up 5-4 1:24 into the second session.

Doherty scored back-to-back goals less than a minute apart which gave the Crimson a one-goal lead with 23:45 remaining in the game. Columbia took control of the game over the next seven minutes, scoring four goals to pull away 9-6 midway through the second half. Halpern found the back of the net to interrupt the Lions scoring streak and pull the home team to within one. Columbia’s Lauren Olsen put one to send the lead back to three goals.

Harvard scored two goals within 46 seconds, both tallies from Petropulos to make it 10-9. A forced turnover by Delia Pais with under two minutes to play allowed the Crimson to go on the offensive one more time. Pais handed off to Halpern in Crimson territory and the sophomore attacker ran down the field. Halpern found the open shot and took it to even the score with 1:10 left on the clock. The Lions won the next draw and managed to score. Harvard was unable to get the ball on offense before the clock ran out.

Freshman Kerry Clark made one save in the first half and allowed just four goals. Junior Katherine Martino turned aside four shots in the second session. Pais had a team-high three ground balls, while Martin and Doherty had three draw controls each.

The Crimson hits the road for its final two games of the season. Up first is the Ivy League finale against Cornell, April 25 in Ithaca.