NEW YORK, N.Y. - Playing in unfriendly weather conditions, field hockey could not get any traction at Columbia Friday night as the team lost 5-1 on the road. Kirstin Snyder scored Penn's lone goal of the game to extend Penn's consecutive games with a goal streak to 11, but Columbia scored twice in the first half and added three more in the second half to come away with the Ivy League victory.
Right out of the gates, Columbia took the early advantage as the Lions scored just under two minutes into the game on an unassisted goal, putting the Quakers in the early 1-0 hole.
Penn looked to get things together offensively a short time later when the Quakers earned a pair of penalty corners in the fifth minute of the game; however, Penn was unable to get a shot away on the first short corner and Julie Tahan's shot on the second corner was saved. In the sixth minute of play, the Lions earned their first penalty corner of the night and scored off a rebound from the short corner, taking the 2-0 lead just six minutes into the game. The second goal prompted a Penn timeout to try and regroup.
Neither side could gain any momentum offensively until the 14th minute when Kieran Sweeney was called upon to make the save, keeping the score at 2-0. Penn earned its third penalty corner of the evening in the 18th minute. With Helene Caniglia inserting the ball for play, she found Tahan who would make the pass in front of goal to Snyder who would not miss the short shot, cutting the deficit to 2-1 with 17 minutes to play in the first half.
For Snyder it was her second goal of the season. It was also the seventh point of her senior season, tying her previous season-best mark she set a year ago. Tahan was credited with her team-leading fourth assist, giving her five for her career.
The Quakers earned another penalty corner just three minutes later, but Tahan's attempt at tying the game was blocked. In the 23rd minute, Penn earned its fifth penalty corner of the first half, but could not get a shot away. In the 24th minute, Sweeney came up with her second save of the night to keep the game at just a one goal difference.
Penn's last offensive opportunity to tie the game heading into halftime came in the 27th minute of play, but again the Lions' defense held Penn without a shot on the short corner. At the half, the Quakers trailed 2-1 despite holding a 6-1 edge in penalty corners in the first 35 minutes. Columbia held the slight edge in overall shots, 4-3, through the first half.
The second half started out the same way as the first with Columbia scoring quickly. Sweeney made her third save of the night just 23 seconds into the half, but the Lions would put their third goal of the evening on the boards just 2:25 into the second half.
Immediately after the first goal, Columbia got three more chances at a short corner in a one minute span. The Quakers defense held Columbia without a shot on the first two tries, but the third attempt saw Columbia find the back of the net from the top of the circle, making the score 4-1.
In the 42nd minute, Penn earned its seventh penalty corner of the game and would get a shot off, but Tahan's attempt went wide of the goal. In the 48th minute, Alex Iqbal tried to cut the deficit, but her shot was saved by the Columbia goalie.
In the 50th minute, the Lions answered with a shot of their own, but Sweeney was in position to make the save. Neither side would have another offensive chance until the 59th minute when Columbia found the back of the net off a rebound for the fifth goal of the night.
In the 61st minute of play, Penn would earn its final penalty corner attempt of the night and Tahan would again get a shot on goal, but that too would be saved. After Tahan's shot, neither side was able to get anything going offensively and Columbia came away with the win.
For Penn, Tahan finished with four shots, two on goal, and the one assist. Snyder turned her only shot of the night into a goal, while Iqbal finished with one shot on goal. Columbia finished the game with nine shots to the Quakers' six, while Penn had double the short corner chances of Columbia, holding an 8-4 advantage in that category. Sweeney finished the game with four saves in goal.
The Quakers will be back home this Sunday morning at 11 a.m. hoping the home confines will be more friendly than the recent road trip when Appalachian State comes to Franklin Field as part of the Mountaineers' Philadelphia weekend trip.