In the midst of a season-opening three-game homestand, the Brown field hockey team (1-1) resumes action after splitting its first two games with UNH (L, 9-1) and Vermont (W, 3-2). The Bears host Colgate on Saturday in a 12:00 noon contest, looking to build upon the momentum from coming back in the final five minutes of play to beat the Catamounts last Saturday.
Brown fans not making the trip to Providence for this weekend's games can follow all the action online. Brown will provide live video ($8) and live stats (free) and links can be found either on the field hockey schedule on BrownBears.com or below.
ABOUT BROWN: The Bears are coming off a 3-2 victory over Vermont, during which Brown scored twice in the game's final five minutes to turn a 2-1 deficit into a win. All three Brown goal scorers tallied the first goals of their careers, as junior Maggie Brady (Tulsa, OK) got the Bears on the board to tie the score at 1-1 late in the first half. After the Catamounts pulled ahead, 2-1, at the 44:46 mark, sophomore Haley Alvarez (Martinsville, NJ) connected for her first career goal with 5:18 remaining to tie the score at 2-2. Alvarez then had the assist on the game-winner, just 3:02 later, setting up freshman Hannah Rogers (Mountain View, CA) for her first career goal. Sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) recorded 14 saves in net. Alvarez currently leads the team with three points (1g, 1a), while freshman Alexis Miller (North Caldwell, NJ) joins Brady and Rogers among current goal scorers. McSweeney has played every minute in net and has a 5.50 GAA with a .725 save percentage to go along with 29 saves.
LAST TIME VS. COLGATE: The Raiders broke open a 1-1 game with a pair of goals scored just five minutes apart midway through the second half to earn a 3-2 win over the Bears. Brown attempted a comeback with Leslie Springmeyer's '12 fourth goal of the season in the 67th minute, but could get no closer than 3-2. Avery Burns '14 (Millersville, MD) had a goal and an assist in the game, while Shannon McSweeney '15 (Boxborough, MA) recorded 10 saves. Colgate's Olivia Nabhan scored twice for the visitors, while Halle Biggar tallied the game-winning goal. Amanda DiDomizio recorded eight saves in net for the Raiders.
ABOUT COLGATE: The Raiders enter Saturday's contest following a 5-1 loss to Rider on September 2nd, as they fell to 1-3 on the year. After opening the year with back-to-back losses to Ohio (3-1) and Bryant (3-2), Colgate posted its first win of the season when it defeated Siena, 5-1, on August 30th. Lauren Dittman and Halle Biggar currently lead the team with five points (2g, 1a), while Eliana Brown and Olivia Nabhan have both scored two goals. Amanda DiDomizio has started all four games in net and has earned a 3.14 GAA with a .750 save percentage, stopping 33 of 44 shots.
UP NEXT: The Bears play their first contest away from their new field next Friday night when they make the short trip to Smithfield, RI to take on Bryant in a 7:00 p.m. contest. Brown returns home to host Columbia in its 2012 Ivy League opener on Sunday, September 16th at 1:00 p.m.