Columbia overpowers Quinnipiac field hockey in non-conference matchup


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Izzy Agricola and Jack Main

Highlight By: Jack Main

Story By: Izzy Agricola

Coming off a win in a close game against Georgetown on Friday, the Quinnipiac field hockey team was unable to beat out the Columbia Lions in another close 2-1 game.

“We can go from being the best team I’ve seen all year to the worst team in one game,” head coach Becca Main said following the disappointing loss. “I think that inconsistency can be troubling.”

The Bobcats came out slow in the first quarter, allowing Columbia to get two penalty corners in the opening minute of play.

“We just fell asleep basically in the first quarter,” graduate student Bianka Strubbe said of the Bobcats slow start.

Despite their play, the Bobcats held off the Lions with redshirt sophomore Brooke Whipkey making two big defensive stops for Quinnipiac on Columbia’s corners.

However, the Lions would eventually strike first with a goal with senior Jennifer Trieschman tipping one high at the end of the second quarter.

The Bobcats came out roaring in the second half with senior Valerie Perkins notching her first goal of the season off an assist from Strubbe. Strubbe got her career-high eleventh assist of the season on the goal.

“The sideline players are very important because they see everything on the field,” Strubbe said of how the team reset for the second half. “We are always taking this advice.”

The bench players also came up big on the field with players like freshman Josie Sweeney and sophomore Makayla Adams getting subbed in to give the Bobcats an edge.

“There’s a growing understanding that if you play well you are going to play whether you’re a freshman, whether you’re a junior, whatever it might be,” Main said of the depth the team has.

Despite this depth, the Lions got the lead again off a bouncing goal from sophomore Jaimie McCormick. The Bobcats answered quickly, but the goal was disallowed after video review.

“If you don’t give us a goal, we are going to score another one,” Strubbe said of how the team kept pushing after the goal was taken away. “Unfortunately, we didn’t.”

The Bobcats pushed hard in the last minutes of the game, even pulling goalkeeper Hedda Biermann-Ratjen for an extra attacker. However, they could not tie the game up, falling to the Lions 2-1.

Columbia travels to Cornell on Saturday, while the Bobcats host Liberty on Friday in a Big East matchup.