In its first road game of the season, the Brown field hockey team (2-1) will make the short trip to Smithfield, RI on Friday to take on the Bryant Bulldogs (1-5) at 7p.m. on the Bryant Turf Complex. After a loss to UNH in their season opener, the Bears have taken full advantage of their new field, defeating both Vermont (3-2) and Colgate (4-2). With six different players contributing to the Bears' offensive effort, Coach Jill Reeve's squad looks to turn the team's cohesiveness into success on the road.
Brown fans who won't be joining the team in Smithfield can follow the Bears online. Bryant will provide live video (free), and live stats (free) for the game. Links to both can be found below as well as on the field hockey schedule on BrownBears.com.
ABOUT BROWN: The Bears rose to 2-1 on the season this past Saturday, coming into this Friday's contest on the heels of a 4-2 win over the Colgate Raiders at home. Brown took control of the game with two unanswered goals in the first half, maintaining its lead from start to finish, despite a second-half push from Colgate. Sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) scored her first goal of the season with an unassisted shot to the top left corner to give the Bears a 2-0 lead. She further asserted her dominance in the game, responding to a Colgate goal by scoring the unassisted game-winner at 42:58. Two other Bears registered goals in the contest, with freshman Hannah Rogers (Mountain View, CA) scoring for the second time in her career to give Brown a 1-0 lead at 11:39, and junior Charlotte Small (Summit, NJ) increasing Brown's lead to 4-1 with her first goal of the season. Junior Torie Stearns (Rye, NY) and freshman Katelynn Mudgett (Burlington, CT) each had an assist in the game, while sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) played all seventy minutes in goal, stopping six shots. Christus currently leads the team with five points (2g, 1a), while six different Bears have recorded a goal in the first three games of the season. McSweeney remains solid in goal, with a 4.33 GAA and a .729 save percentage.
BROWN vs BRYANT
- Series Record: Brown, 2-1
- Series Began: 2009
- Last Meeting: 2011 (Bryant, 3-2)
- Last Brown Win: 2010 (6-2)
LAST TIME vs BRYANT: Despite the Bears' explosive start and second half comeback, the Bulldogs scored in the game's 56th minute to reach a hard-fought, 3-2 win over Brown. Clayton Christus '15 (Bernardsville, NJ) put the Bears on the board first, scoring her first career goal on a penalty corner fifteen minutes into the game, but Bryant's Rosie Bird answered for the Bulldogs, a pattern that continued in this aggressive match-up. Abigail Taft '12 also had a goal for the Bears, and Shannon McSweeney '15 (Boxborough, MA) made six saves in net. Kayleigh Ballantyne scored the game-winner for Bryant, while Jennifer Gulloti recorded three saves.
ABOUT BRYANT: The Bulldogs (1-5) opened the 2012 season with a win against Colgate (3-2), but have lost last five contests. Bryant enters Friday's cross-state match-up, their first home contest of 2012, coming off of two losses in Orono, Maine, falling to Rutgers (3-0) and the University of Maine (2-1). Sophomore Rosie Bird leads the team with six points (3g), while Kayleigh Ballantyne has earned five points (1g, 3a). Michelle Fallon and Corinne Woods have each scored one goal for the Bulldogs. Junior Megan Hancock has been in net for all six of Bryant's games, and has posted a 2.83 GAA with a .738 save percentage.
UP NEXT: The Bears return home on Sunday, September 16th for their 2012 Ivy League Opener. They will take on the Columbia Lions at 1:00 p.m., bringing Ivy League play to Brown's new field hockey field for the first time.