September 15, 2012

Brown Opens Ivy Campaign at Home against Columbia

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown field hockey team (2-2) looks to rebound from Friday night's loss to cross-state rival Bryant when it opens Ivy League play on Sunday against Columbia (3-2). The loss to Bryant snapped a two-game winning streak for the Bears, who had posted victories over Vermont and Colgate entering the contest against the Bulldogs.

Brown fans not making the trip to Providence can follow the action online via live video ($8) and live stats (free). Links to both can be found below and in the field hockey schedule on BrownBears.com.

ABOUT BROWN: In their first contest away from their home field, the Bears dropped a 2-0 decision to Bryant on Friday night, and fell to 2-2 on the young season. Sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) continues to lead Brown with 5 points (2g, 1a), while freshman Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA) is second on the team with 4 points (2g). Four other players have all scored one goal, including sophomore Haley Alvarez (Martinsville, NJ), who also has an assist for three points on the year. Junior Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, PA) has helped to lead the defense and has two defensive saves, while junior Charlotte Small (Summit, NJ) has one defensive save. Sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) has played every minute in net and has a 3.75 GAA and a .717 save percentage, stopping 38 shots.  

BROWN vs COLUMBIA
-       Series Record: Brown, 9-6
-       Series Began: 1997
-       Last Meeting: 2011 (Columbia, 3-1)
-       Last Brown Win: 2006 (1-0, ot) 

LAST TIME vs COLUMBIA: Brown broke a 0-0 tie with just 37 seconds left in the first half to take a 1-0 lead on Bridget McNamara's '12 first goal of the year, assisted by Laura Iacovetti '12. However, the Lions would score three straight goals in a span of 13 minutes during the final 20 minutes of the game to come back for a 3-1 victory. Shannon McSweeney '15 (Boxborough, MA) recorded 14 saves, as Columbia held a 29-8 advantage in shots and led, 14-8, in penalty corners.

ABOUT COLUMBIA: The Lions enter Sunday's game following a 4-2 victory over Hofstra on Wednesday. The win was Columbia's third straight and pushed the Lions' record over .500 after they opened the year with back-to-back losses to Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth. Led by Gabby Kozlowski (10 points) and Liz Malone (9 points), who both have four goals, Columbia is averaging 3.59 goals per game. Katie DeSandis adds three goals (9 points), while Bridget DeSandis (7 points), Molly Andrews (4 points) and Anna Scipioni (4 points) all have two goals. Christie O'Hara has played the majority of time in net, starting all five games, and has posted a 2.12 GAA with a .808 save percentage.

UP NEXT: Brown continues Ivy League play next weekend when it travels to Hanover, NH to face Dartmouth at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 22nd. The game is the first of two straight road contests, as the Bears then travel to Quinnipiac on Wednesday, September 26th. Brown's next home game is Saturday, September 29th against Harvard. 

Pictured: Kelsey Grossman '14. Photo by DSPics.net.