PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Brown field hockey team (5-11, 2-4) outlasted Penn (3-13, 1-5), 3-2, in an Ivy League battle on Sunday afternoon at Franklin Field. The two teams were scoreless through the first half, as all the goals came in the game's final 25 minutes and Brown survived a late push by the Quakers, who had a player advantage for the final 2:38 of regulation.
After the scoreless first half, during which Penn outshot Brown, 5-4, and the Bears held a 5-4 advantage in penalty corners, the Bears had a chance to take the early lead when they were awarded a penalty stroke. However, senior Katie Hyland's (Riegelsville, PA) shot to the left side was blocked by Penn goalie, Danielle Rothman, who dove to keep the game scoreless.
Shortly after the missed stroke, Brown did go ahead, scoring on one of six second-half corners. The ball was played back into the circle from up top and senior Tacy Zysk (Walpole, MA) was able to get to it before Rothman, redirecting it past the goalie's right foot for her fifth goal of the year at 46:39.
Brown doubled its lead seven minutes later when junior Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) ran into the circle and fired a shot past Rothman to the far post for her team-leading 10th tally of the year.
The Quakers immediately responded, as Julie Tahan converted a penalty stroke just 1:47 later to get Penn on the board.
The Bears answered right back, though, looking to halt any momentum that Penn looked to gain from its first goal, as sophomore Elara Mosquera (North Hampton, NH) scored on another Bears' penalty corner less than a minute later, scoring at the 56:16 mark.
With Brown still leading, 3-1, and with time winding down, junior Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) was issued a yellow card at the 67:22 mark, giving Penn a player advantage for the remainder of the game. The Quakers capitalized on the man-up situation, as Annie Matthews finished a feed from Laurel McGarvie with 43 seconds remaining for the 3-2 final.
Kessler picked up the win in net with four saves, making a pair in each half, while Rothman also made four saves for the Quakers. Brown will host Yale next Saturday, November 6, in its 2010 season finale. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. on Warner Roof.
Pictured: Elara Mosquera '13. Photo by DSPics.net.