Bears Fall to Columbia, 4-1, in Ivy Opener

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Columbia field hockey team (4-2, 1-0) erased a 1-0 deficit with a four-goal second half to earn a 4-1 victory over Brown (2-3, 0-1) on Sunday afternoon in the Ivy opener for both squads.

After falling behind, 1-0, the Lions tied the game less than 10 minutes into the second half when Gabby Kozlowski converted one of Columbia's 12 penalty corners for her fifth goal of the year at 44:49. Just three minutes later, Liz Malone scored what would prove to be the game-winner, knocking in the rebound of her own shot.

Columbia got two more goals in the final 10 minutes of play, as an own goal gave the Lions a 3-1 lead at 59:41 and Molly Andrews scored on another corner with 2:45 left to play.

The two teams played a fast-paced first half with Columbia outshooting Brown, 12-5, and earning a 6-0 advantage in penalty corners. Sophomore Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) combined with freshman Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA) to nearly give Brown a 1-0 lead with 15 minutes left in the first half. O'Donnell raced in on a breakaway and sent the ball over to Rogers on her right. Rogers made a move towards the cage, but Christie O'Hara came out and made the save to keep the game scoreless.

O'Donnell would eventually score the game's first goal, scoring her first of the season with 33 seconds left before halftime to give Brown a 1-0 lead.

Sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) finished with 16 saves, while sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) and juniors Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, PA) and Charlotte Small (Summit, NJ) each had one defensive save. Christus also led Brown with five shots.

Brown continues action next Saturday when it travels to Hanover, NH to face Dartmouth in a 12:00 noon Ivy League contest. 

Pictured: Meghan O'Donnell '15. Photo by DSPics.net.