Colgate Hands Bears 3-2 Loss
PROVIDENCE, RI – Senior Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) scored her fourth goal of the year with 3:23 left to play to bring Brown (1-7) to within 3-2, but the Bears' comeback fell just short as Colgate (4-6) would hold on for the one-goal decision on Sunday afternoon at Warner Roof. For the Bears, it marks their fifth one-goal loss of the season.
With both teams coming off a game on Saturday, the Raiders wasted little time in scoring the game's first goal as Olivia Nabhan dribbled in from the left side and, while lying on the turf, shot to the far corner just 2:19 into the game.
The two teams each took eight shots in the opening frame, but neither team would find the net after the opening goal, as the score remained 1-0 in favor of Colgate through halftime.
Brown came out of the break with intensity and tied the game just 1:01 later on the first career goal for sophomore Avery Burns (Millersville, MD). On a Bears' corner, Burns took the ball from senior Laura Iacovetti (Blue Bell, PA), dribbled towards the center of the circle and fired a shot on cage, beating Amanda DiDomizio five-hole to tie the score at 1-1.
In a similar fashion to Saturday's back-and-forth affair with Dartmouth, Colgate responded 13 minutes later to regain the one-goal lead on Nabhan's second of the afternoon. Kendall Zaharris carried the ball up the right side and crossed to Nabhan in front. Nabhan settled the ball and chipped it over freshman Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) at 49:45.
The Raiders increased their lead to 3-1 less than five minutes later, when Halle Biggar tipped a shot from Anna Reddicliffe on a Colgate corner with just over 15 minutes left to play.
The Bears' urgency increased following the third goal for Colgate and they were rewarded with Springmeyer's goal in the 67th minute of play. Brown continued to press for the equalizer, forcing DiDomizio to make four saves in the final 1:43 of play. Bruno had a last chance on a corner with 15 seconds remaining, but after DiDomizio made a final save on an attempt by freshman Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ), the Raiders were able to clear the circle.
For the game, Colgate outshot Brown, 22-19, and held a 9-6 advantage in penalty corners. McSweeney finished with 10 saves, while DiDomizio made eight for the Raiders.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, October 1, when they travel to Harvard for a 12:00 noon Ivy contest.
Pictured: Avery Burns '14 scored her first career goal against Colgate. Photo by DSPics.net.