The Yale and Columbia women’s lacrosse teams both came into Saturday’s matchup without a win in the Ivy League — the Bulldogs emerged still winless in the conference.
The Bulldogs (2–10, 0–5 Ivy) stuck with the Lions (3–8, 1–4) in the first half, finishing the period with a 2–2 tie. But near the end of the second half Columbia leapt to a large lead, scoring the last six goals of the game to defeat the Bulldogs, 10–3. The Eli offense struggled without its second leading scorer, attacker Caroline Crow ’12, who was out with a concussion. It was the first time the Bulldogs had ever lost to the Lions in the team’s history. With the loss, Yale remains in last place in the conference and is the only team without a single Ivy win.
“Going into the game, we were very confident and possibly blinded by fact they had not done so well in last few years,” midfielder Devon Rhodes ’13 said. “We’re all upset; if there was any game in the Ivy League that we could win, it was Columbia — and we didn’t take advantage.”
After Columbia scored the first goal of the game, attacker Jen DeVito ’14 and Rhodes scored goals in the 17th and 23rd minutes. In the last five minutes of the first half, Columbia netted another goal to tie the game.
In the second half of the contest, the Bulldogs only made one goal to the Lions’ eight. After two Columbia goals in the first ten minutes of the second half, midfielder Courteney Rutter ’14 briefly interrupted the Lions’ goal streak by making her first career goal. But Columbia answered back and kept the Bulldogs scoreless for the rest of the game. In the last 13 minutes, the Lions racked up six goals to seal the win.
“We held with Columbia throughout first half, but in the second half we weren’t able to produce and score goals,” midfielder Logan Greer ’11 said. “They had a few lucky breaks on attack, got a lead, and gained momentum.”
Greer added that the absence of Crow to injury had a major impact on the game.
“It was a huge loss for the team, not only because she is incredibly talented, but also because she is a leader for the attack,” Greer said. “Without leadership on attack, no one was able to step up and fill her shoes, and the team had difficulty organizing attack.”
Both Greer and Rhodes said they felt that the team lost its composure as Columbia ramped up its lead. Rhodes and Rutter said that despite the disappointing loss, the team must move forward.
“We’re going to put this loss behind us, and use it as motivation to beat Cornell and Brown and finish the season strong,” Rutter said.
Cornell and Brown will be the last two Ivy League opponents for the Bulldogs this year. Yale is slated to host the Big Red at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will face the Bears next Wednesday.