Bears Fall to Princeton, 6-0
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Princeton Field Hockey team (6-6, 3-1) scored three goals in each half en route to a 6-0 win over the Bears (3-9, 0-4) on Saturday afternoon at Warner Roof. Princeton's Allison Evans scored a pair of goals and added an assist, while Rachel Neufeld also had two goals.
The Bears came out strong, forcing Tigers' goalie Christina Maida to make two saves in the opening minute of play on back-to back shots from senior Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) and freshman Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ).
However, Princeton would score what would prove to be the winning goal in the seventh minute after three straight penalty corners failed to result in a goal. After an initial chance by Amanda Bird was blocked by the Bears, Kelsey Byrne picked up the rebound on the left side and crossed to the far side of the circle, where Neufeld was waiting on the right post to tip the ball in at 6:47.
The Tigers doubled their lead at 15:59 when Evans picked up the rebound after a save on an attempt by Molly Goodman and fired it past freshman Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA).
The Bears nearly got on the board with just over 10 minutes left in the half when Christus combined with sophomore Torie Stearns (Rye, NY) on a two on one break. Carrying the ball in on the left, Christus pulled Maida out of the cage, before sending the ball to Stearns on the right. Stearns had an open goal to shoot at, but with Maida racing to get back into position, Stearns' shot went just wide.
Less than three minutes later, at 27:49, Neufeld scored her second of the afternoon, beating McSweeney on a reverse shot from the top of the circle to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead heading into the break.
Princeton's second-half goals were scored by Amanda Bird on a corner, Evans on a two-on-one break, and Cassidy Arner on a penalty stroke.
Overall, Princeton outshot Brown, 30-11, including a 16-2 margin in the second half, and earned nine penalty corners to Brown's six. Maida recorded six saves, while McSweeney stopped 13 for the Bears. Freshman Liza Green (Providence, RI) also had a defensive save.
Brown continues action on Tuesday, October 18, when it travels across town to face Providence College in a 7:00 p.m. contest.