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At halftime, the football team trails 14-7 in its homecoming game.
The Lions (0-4, 0-1 Ivy) drew first blood against the defending Ivy champion Quakers (2-2, 1-0 Ivy), scoring on their third possession of the game.
First-year quarterback Kelly Hilinski connected with first-year wide receiver Cameron Dunn on a huge 46-yard pass off a flea flicker, giving Columbia a first and goal from the six.
The Light Blue wasted little time in taking advantage of the opportunity. Senior running back Marcorus Garrett punched it in on the next play, putting the home team up 7-0 with 4:02 to play in the first quarter. More »
Columbia football played its best game of the season this weekend against Lehigh, bolstered by a strong running game and a defense that forced two turnovers. Thanks to some poor planning on my part, though, I don’t have any video of this game to show you.
What I will do is break down a certain type of play — the screen pass — which is very common in football, then discuss how Columbia’s defense was able to make two big stops against Lehigh when they tried to run this play. More »
At halftime, the Lions trail Lehigh, 17-3.
The Lions offense got off to a good start on Saturday afternoon. With sophomore Trevor McDonagh under center for Columbia, the Lions put together a 69-yard drive on their first possession. Though they were unable to come away with a touchdown, senior kicker Luke Eddy drilled a 23-yard attempt to put the home team up, 3-0. More »
Last week, I looked at two plays that were rather unsuccessful. And, to be frank, the tape from this week doesn’t look much better—Columbia was unable to get the running and passing game going, managing a feeble five first downs against Princeton en route to a 53-7 defeat.
Thanks to the magic of ESPN3, I actually have a little bit more game footage to work with this week. So let’s take a look at one really successful play—Columbia’s only touchdown, which came with 1:37 to go in the first half. More »
Check out this week’s interview with David Najem (CC ’14), a midfielder on Columbia’s men’s soccer team. The team has been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to its impressive winning streak and overall 5-2-1 record, which the Lions look to continue this weekend as they play against Penn at home.
Najem also tells us about his experience of playing for the New York Red Bulls’ academy team over the summer, as well as the possibility of getting his soccer (or, I guess, football) career started overseas after graduation.
While Princeton rolled, Columbia couldn’t get anything going offensively in the first half and is down 36-7.
First-year quarterback Kelly Hilinski came on to relieve sophomore Trevor McDonagh for the Lions with 10:08 left in the second quarter, and proved to be more effective. Hilinski hit sophomore Scooter Hollis over the middle with a pass and the wideout took it the rest of the way for a 70-yard touchdown. It was Hilinski’s first completion and touchdown of his Columbia career. That touchdown pass more than tripled the Lions’ offensive output to that point in the game. More »
Football is a confusing sport. You’ve got 22 guys running around on every play, seemingly aimlessly, and then they all crash into each other and the play ends.
In this new series, “All-22,” I hope to break down a key play or two from the most recent Columbia football game. The goal is twofold: (1) to identify some of the successes or failures in the most recent game, and (2) to simplify the game for people who may be new to football or want to understand more of what’s going on in a game.
This week, I’m going to take a look at the first two plays of the second quarter from the Lions’ 37-14 loss to Monmouth last week. I think these two plays illustrate both the team’s promise on offense — quick, simple pass plays—and the biggest issue, poor pass-blocking. More »
Field hockey coach Marybeth Freeman has only been at Columbia since 2010, but since then has led the team to much success, in part thanks to her experience as associate head coach for the acclaimed University of Maryland team. Freeman has led the Light Blue to score several honors, including All-Region and All-Ivy honors for many of her players, as well as break records, most notably earning the team its first back-to-back winning seasons in 2012.
Liz Malone, Steve Frankoski, and Eli Schultz sit down with Coach Freeman in this week’s Sportscast. Check out what she has to say about coaching and its challenges!
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It’s been a bit of a back-and-forth half for the Lions and Hawks, as Monmouth has a six-point lead at the half. The story of the game so far has been how much Monmouth has dominated the time of possession—21:29 to the Loins’ 8:31. Still, down by only one possession, the Lions have a chance to mount a comeback in the second half.
With the Hawks giving up 165 rushing yards per game coming in, it’s no surprise senior running back and co-captain Marcorus Garrett got a healthy share of the offensive load. But after the first drive, the offense failed to put up any points and really struggled to move the ball. Garrett finished the half with 73 yards on 7 rushes, but 53 of those came on the first drive. More »
Last semester, Joey Falcone became the breakout star of CU baseball as the team dominated the Ivy League, ultimately winning the title. He received quite a bit of media attention, getting his own featured articles in the New York Times and on ESPN.com, among many other prominent news outlets.
In this week’s Sportscast, Eli Schultz, Steve Frankoski, and Liz Malone sit down with Falcone to talk about the attention he received during the Lions’ impressive run last season, as well as how his time serving in Afghanistan and Iraq has impacted his experience.
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