NEW YORK, N.Y. ----- Sara Brubaker's goal in the final 33 seconds of the contest lifted the Columbia women's lacrosse team to a 12-11 come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame. The Lions scored two goals in the game's final 1:50 to notch their third victory of the 1998 campaign.
Maura Doyle had given the Irish the lead 11-10 with 3:50 remaining, but Antoinette Allen tied the game with 1:50 left before Brubaker netted the game-winner.
Notre Dame, which fell to 7-5 on the season, was led by Lael O'Shaughnessy's four goals and Courtney Calabrese's three scores. Doyle finished the game with a goal and three assists.
Columbia jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the contest as Caroline Samponaro accounted for the first three scores on the afternoon for the Lions. Notre Dame came back to tie the score at 4-4 on goals by O'Shaughnessy and Calabrese. Calabrese's second goal tied the contest for the first time with 10:16 left before intermission, and after that score, the two teams traded goals throughout the remainder of the game.
The Lions scored two goals less than a minute apart to jump out to a 6-4 advantage with 5:28 remaining before intermission. The Irish then scored three goals unanswered goals to take a 7-6 lead with 1:48 remaining. Kathryn Perrella and Mara Grace scored goals less than 12 seconds apart off assists from Doyle and Kerry Callahan's free position shot into the net gave Notre Dame its first lead of the day.
Columbia, however, notched the final goal of the first half with 41 seconds remaining when Maureen Koon's shot got past Irish goalkeeper Carrie Marshall.
O'Shaughnessy scored Notre Dame's first two goals of the second half. The Irish grabbed the lead 8-7 with 2:50 into the second half. With 25:53 remaining in the contest, Allen tied the game for the third time, before O'Shaughnessy gave the Irish the lead less than a minute later. Columbia responded with a goal of its own by Allen to tie the game at 9-9, but the Irish came back 40 seconds later to grab a 10-9 lead with 23:18 left in the contest on Calabrese's third goal of the game.
The scored remained 10-9 for nearly 17 minutes before Marie Ewens knotted the contest for the fourth time.
Marshall had a career-high 20 saves in goal, while Jana Gombso came up with 14 for the Lions who improved their record to 3-7.
Notre Dame plays its final game of the '98 campaign tomorrow (Sat., April 25) when the Irish face Harvard in New York, N.Y. in a 1:00 p.m. contest.