April 28, 2009

Columbia Sets Program Record for Wins

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Holly Glynn's fourth goal of the game with 6:27 remaining proved to be the difference as Columbia defeated Bucknell in an offensive battle, 15-14.  With the win, the Lions close out the 2009 season 9-7 overall, setting a program record for wins in a season.

Down 3-1 early in the first half, Columbia scored three unanswered goals to take its first lead, 4-3, with 12:20 to go in the half.  During that span of seven minutes, the Lions got a single tally from Taylor Gattinella and back-to-back goals from Brittany Shannon.

The Bison scored two minutes later to knot the game at 4-4, but senior co-captain Holly Glynn had two quick goals just over a minute apart to put the Lions ahead.  Bucknell cut the lead to one with 3:13 to play, but once again the Lions went on a three-goal run, including one by Gabrielle Geronimos and two more from Shannon, to take a 9-5 lead.

Dow 9-6 at the break, the Bison came out on the attack in the second half, scoring three goals in the opening 2:59 to knot the score at 9-9.  Columbia senior Lauren Olsen cut their momentum by scoring an unassisted goal at 26:20 and connecting with Geronimos for another at 25:12.  Lizzie Lee pushed the Lions' lead to three (12-9) when she finished a pass from Shannon at 25:00.

The Bison scored four of the next five goals, including three by Bonnie Buechel, to even the game once again, 13-13.

Glynn tallied an unassisted goal at 6:27 and connected with Frances Callaghan with 6:27 to go to push the up by two.  Bucknell cut its lead to one with 4:29 to play before Mintz came up big with a save with just under three minutes to go to preserve Columbia's one goal lead.  She finished with 10 saves, five in each half, as well as a caused turnover and two ground balls.

The Lions held on to defeat the Bison by one goal for the second year in a row in their season finale.  Shannon finished with four goals and two assists for six points while Glynn added four goals and Olsen added three.  Geronimos had two goals and an assist while Gattinella, Lee, and Callaghan each picked up a point.  Gatinella also won a game-high seven draw controls, bringing her season total to 37.

Glynn's four goals pushed her to 45 this season, besting her program record of 44 she set last spring.  She finishes the season tied with Shannon for 53 points which ranks second all-time for points in a season.

Columbia concludes its 2009 season 9-7 overall with a 1-5 mark in the Ivy League.

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