The Columbia College lacrosse team fell 9-5 to the Newberry College Wolves Saturday afternoon in their second game of the season.
Columbia held Newberry scoreless for the first five minutes of the game before the Wolves put a goal on the board to start the scoring. A second goal from Newberry a minute later led to a Columbia timeout, and the Koalas returned to the field with determination. A caused turnover by freshmen Taylor Curtiss got the ball back to Columbia's offensive end, where senior Devon Walter found the back of the net and closed the Koalas deficit to 2-1. It was another six minutes before senior Kendra Blackstock put another point on the board for the Koalas, tying the score.
The Koalas dug in for the remainder of the half, with Newberry only managing to score once more before halftime. For the final 12 minutes of the first half, the teams went in to a scoreless back-and-forth fight which led them into halftime at 3-2.
The second half brought a fresh start for Columbia, and freshmen Sunema Mauga found the back of the net to tie the game again, 3-3. The Wolves answered with three quick goals, bringing the score to 6-3 before freshmen Mauga again found the goal to close the gap to 6-4. A few minutes later junior Tiffany Tortorello scored off of a quick assist from sophomore Morgan Solesbee, closing the deficit to 6-5.
Unfortunately, Columbia's last efforts weren't able to hold Newberry off, and they put three more goals on the board before the game came to a close, 9-5.
Columbia goes on the road again Thursday, February 16, to Hartsville, SC where they will take on Coker College at 6:00pm.
by Devon Walter