PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown field hockey team (2-8) dropped a 5-3 decision to visiting Davidson (10-2) on Saturday afternoon at Warner Roof. The Bears dominated the Wildcats in both shots (19-16) and penalty corners (8-4), but Davidson goalie Sarah Fisher was the difference in the game, stopping 11 shots that came her way.
The two teams came out quickly, combining for four goals in the game's opening 10 minutes with both Brown and Davidson netting a pair. The Wildcats got on the board just 3:11 in when Finley Amato tipped the ball into the back of the net after junior Lauren Kessler (Burtonsville, MD) had made a save on a breakaway by Jennie Mostellar.
However, just 1:40 later, at 4:51, sophomore Elara Mosquera (North Hampton, NH) tied the score at 1-1, scoring on Brown's first penalty corner of the game. Senior Katie Hyland (Riegelsville, PA) earned the assist on the goal, dishing the ball to Mosquera on her left after the initial stick-stop. Mosquera unleashed a rocket that beat Fisher to the near corner for her second goal of the season.
Less then a minute later though, the Wildcats had regained a one-goal lead, as Christine Rua converted a cross by Hannah English for a 2-1 lead at the 5:43 mark.
Junior Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) capped the opening scoring at 9:43, tying the score at 2-2. Stationed on the right post, Springmeyer got enough of her stick on a feed from classmate Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) to knock it into the net for her sixth of the season.
The two teams then settled down over the next eight minutes, but an Annie Evans goal at 17:49 sparked a three-goal run for Davidson over a span of 3:21, which gave the Wildcats a 5-2 lead heading into the second half.
Taft added her team-leading seventh goal of the year with just about 22 minutes left to play to account for the 5-3 final.
Kessler recorded one save in the opening 9:43, before giving way to sophomore Alexis Aurigemma (Wilmington, DE), who made one save during the final 25:17 of the first half. Kessler played the entire second half and stopped all three shots she faced to finish with four saves.
Brown has a quick turnaround and will host Maine in a 3:00 p.m.
contest tomorrow afternoon.
Pictured: Leslie Springmeyer '12. Photo by DSPics.net.