September 6, 2009

Bears Fall to Delaware, 10-2

NEWARK, DE - The Brown field hockey team (0-2) fell behind early and was never able to recover, as the University of Delaware (1-2) earned a 10-2 victory over the Bears on Sunday afternoon.

The Blue Hens got on the board just 45 seconds into the game when Casey Howard scored her third goal of the season on Delaware's first shot of the game. Less then three minutes later, at 3:31, Rae Everson increased the Blue Hens lead, putting away a pass from Missy Woodie.

Howard's second of the game at 12:23 gave Delaware a 3-0 lead before Brown had even taken a shot.

The Bears settled down after the third goal and generated a corner in the 19th minute of play that led to their first shot, taken by junior Katie Hyland (Riegelsville, PA) on the corner.

Brown trailed, 3-0, at the start of the second half and Howard struck for her third goal of the game just 2:24 after halftime to increase the Blue Hens' lead to 4-0.  Just 3:33 later, Kimmy Schlezes scored to make it 5-0 in favor of Delaware.

Following Schlezes goal, the Bears had a flurry of activity, earning three penalty corners and taking five shots in a span of 3:29, but to no avail, as shots by sophomores Bridget McNamara (Bethesda, MD) and Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) were wide, shots by sophomore Kit Masini (Ann Arbor, MI) and senior Whitney Knowlton (Columbus, OH) were blocked, and a shot from Hyland was saved.

The two teams would combine for five goals over the next eight minutes, starting less than a minute after Knowlton's shot, when Howard made it 6-0 in favor of Delaware with her fourth goal of the afternoon at 48:41. Following the goal, freshman Alexis Aurigemma (Wilmington, DE) replaced sophomore Caroline Washburn (Pittsburgh, PA), who had made four saves, in the Brown net.  But, just 1:57 later, Howard's fifth score of the day made it 7-0, Delaware, with less than 20 minutes to play.

Brown got on the board 51 seconds later when Masini scored her first career goal at 51:29 but another Delaware goal 70 seconds later gave the Blue Hens an 8-1 lead at 52:39. Junior Tacy Zysk (Walpole, MA) then scored her second goal of the season 3:16 later to make it 8-2 with 14:05 remaining in the game.

The Blue Hens were not done though, and 2:38 after Zysk's goal, Schlezes scored her second of the day to give Delaware a 9-2 lead with less than 12 minutes to play. Rachel Schexnayder capped the scoring Delaware's 10th goal at the 68-minute mark, for the 10-2 final.

For the game, Delaware finished with a 20-9 advantage in shots and an 11-5 advantage in corners. The Bears return home next weekend when they host Monmouth on Saturday at 2:00 and Bryant on Sunday at 2:00.