April 18, 2009

Geronimos' Heroics Lift Columbia over Harvard

from press release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -  It's been four years since Columbia defeated Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts and picked up its first Ivy League win in program history.  With the game tied at 10-10,  Gabrielle Geronimos rolled the crease and bounced one past Harvard's goalie with 39.9 seconds on the clock, and the Lions held on to win their first conference victory since 2005.  With the win, Columbia improves to 7-6, 1-5 Ivy League.

The opening half was a defensive battle as the two teams entered the break tied at 4-4.

Harvard outshot the Lions 16-9 in the opening stanza and struck first 3:25 into the game.  A few minutes later, Brittany Shannon fired a shot that hit the post but Rachael Ryan grabbed the rebound and put it away to even the score at 1-1.

After the Crimson posted back-to-back goals, Geronimos pulled the Lions within one when she beat Harvard's Kerry Clark to make it 3-2.

With 16:21 to go in the first half, Harvard's Tyler Petropulos scored her second goal of the half to expand the Crimson's lead to two.  But Holly Glynn scored the final two goals of the half to knot the score at 4-4.  Her first was an unassisted at 7:38 followed by rHolly Glynn had an unassisted tally manking it 4-3.  Emma Mintz stopped a free position give and go with Lauren Olsen in a fast break to even the score.

Columbia struck first in the second as it took its first lead of the day when Brittany Shannon beat her defender hit the upper right corner to put the Lions ahead, 5-4. 

Harvard responded with back-to-back goals to reclaim a 6-5 lead, but Columbia went on a four-goal run including a pair by Glynn and single tallies by Geronimos and Ryan.

Harvard's Jess Halpern scored at 16:02 to end Columbia's run, but Olsen had a beautiful dodge and put it away to push Columbia's lead back to three.

Harvard pulled with one on two goals by Tyler Petropulos to make it 10-9 with nine minutes to play.  The sore would remain that way until Harvard's Halpern tied the game at 10-10 with 1:10 to go in the game. 

The Lions won the ensuing draw control to set up the game-winner for Geronimos.

Glynn and Geronimos each finished with four points while Glynn picked up a game-high six draw controls.  Mintz played all 30 minutes making seven saves and causing two turnovers.  Kerry Clark and Katherine Martino each played 30 minutes for Harvard combining for four saves.

Columbia returns to action on Wednesday, April 22 when it travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to face La Salle in a non-conference matchup.

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