September 9, 2011

Bears' Comeback Spoiled by Late Pacific Goal

PROVIDENCE, RI – Trailing, 3-2, for the majority of the second half, senior Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) tipped a shot from classmate Bridget McNamara (Bethesda, MD) on a Bears' corner to tie the score at 3-3 with 4:29 remaining in the game. However, the Tigers would answer on a corner of their own just 2:48 later to take a 4-3 lead and Brown couldn't find the equalizer, despite earning a corner in the waning seconds.

Following Springmeyer's game-tying score, the Tigers converted a game-winning corner. After the initial insert, Emily Trudeau crossed the ball from the top left down to Amanda Spellman at the far post. Spellman, who had a defensive save late in the first half on an attempt by senior Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) one-timed the ball to the far side, lifting Pacific to the win.

Looking to post their second straight victory, the Bears fell behind, 1-0, just 3:02 into the game after Tarah Trotter beat the defense and fired a shot to the left side of freshman Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) on a one-on-one.

However, Brown answered just 7:26 later when freshman Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) scored her first career goal on a broken play following a Bears' corner. After Pacific cleared the ball out, junior Kelly Harrison (Houston, TX) sent it back into the circle on the right side. After an attempt by sophomore Torie Stearns (Rye, NY) was saved, O'Donnell got to the loose ball first and was able to push it into the back of the cage to tie the score at 1-1 10:28 in.

McSweeney came up with a big save at the 13:52 mark, stopping a penalty stroke by Emily Tregoning to keep the score knotted at one.

O'Donnell would strike again for the Bears before the end of the half, collecting her own rebound after a blocked shot and lifting it over the goalie for her second of the day at 25:33, giving Brown a 2-1 lead.

The Tigers came out with intensity to start the second half and almost immediately tied the score. Stationed at the right post, Malia Robertson collected the rebound of a shot by Jenna Vivian and fired it to the far corner just 2:35 after the break. Trotter then put the visitors ahead, 3-2, scoring on another one-on-one at 55:24, which is how the score remained until Springmeyer's tally and the ensuing game-winner by Spellman three minutes later.

For the game, Brown held the edge in both shots, 20-17, and corners, 12-4. McSweeney finished with six saves, including three in the second half, while Pacific goalie Ashlee Schlesier had six saves of her own.

Brown has a quick turnaround before its next game, as the Bears take on #15 Iowa at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, September 9, which will be played at Providence College. Live Stats and Live Video are available on Brownbears.com.