PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown field hockey team (3-9) will conclude a busy week of competition with two games at home this weekend, resuming Ivy League play against Cornell (7-6) on Saturday at 12:00pm and then taking on non-conference foe Rutgers (8-7) at the same time on Sunday. The Bears enter the weekend after a 4-1 loss to the Providence College Friars on Tuesday afternoon. Freshman Alexis Miller (Caldwell, NJ) scored for the third time this season on a feed from junior Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, PA), and sophomore Shannon McSweeney made 10 saves in goal.
Fans who won't be joining the Bears in Providence this weekend can still follow all of the action online. Live video ($) and live stats (free) will be available through the field hockey schedule on Brown's website.
About Brown: Sophomore Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) and freshman Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA) continue to lead the Bears in scoring, as O'Donnell has contributed 10 points, all goals, and Rogers has tallied the same number of points on four goals and two assists. Sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ), who has scored nine points (3 goals, 3 assists), takes the third scoring spot, and is followed by freshman Alexis Miller (Caldwell, NJ), who has six points on (3 goals0. Junior Charlotte Small (Summit, NJ) rounds out the top five with four points, while five additional players have contributed numbers to the offense. Sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) has played 840:00 minutes in goal, stopping 115 shots for a GAA of 3.33 and a .742 save percentage. The young team has shown a lot of fight, especially in close games, as many of their defeats have been by only one point.
Brown vs Cornell:
Series Record: Cornell, 16-15-2 (first meeting – 1979)
Last Brown Win: 4-2 (2005)
Last Cornell Win: 4-2 (2011)
Last Tie: 0-0 (1988)
Last time vs. Cornell: Despite goals by two of the Bears' senior leaders, the Big Red used early scoring and aggressive play to triumph over Brown, 4-2. The first goal of the game was scored by Cornell's Brittany Thompson, who pulled Shannon McSweeney '15 out of the net and then scored on the empty goal. Brown responded with a goal by Kit Masini '12, but Cornell's Kat DiPastina and Hannah Balleza gave the Big Red a 3-1 advantage going into the break. Brown's Abigail Taft '12 opened up scoring twelve minutes into the second half, but it wasn't enough, as Thompson scored her second goal of the game to give the Big Red a 4-2 victory. McSweeney made five saves in goal, while Alex Botte stopped six shots for Cornell.
About Cornell: The Big Red enter Saturday's contest in the midst of a six-game winning streak. Most recently, they defeated Ivy League foe Harvard, 4-0, on Saturday, and non-conference opponent Davidson, 2-1, on Monday afternoon. Hannah Balleza leads Cornell in goals and scoring, contributing 26 points on 11 goals and 4 assists. Brittany Thompson has also registered in double digits in points, tallying 10 so far this season. Five additional players have scored at least one goal, while two more have contributed an assist to the offensive effort. Carolyn Horner has played 12 of Cornell's 13 games in goal, making 99 saves for a GAA of 1.65 and a save percentage of .8332.
Brown vs Rutgers
Series Record: Brown 2-1 (first meeting – 2000)
Last Brown Win: 2-1 (2001)
Last Rutgers Win: 2-0 (2007)
Last time vs. Rutgers: Lauren Kessler '11 made a career-high 15 saves for the Bears, but it wasn't enough to overcome Scarlet Knights, as Rutgers took a 2-0 win over Brown. The game-winning goal was scored in the thirteenth minute of play, when Amy Lewis took a shot that deflected into the net off the foot of a Brown defender. The game stayed close at 1-0, with Kessler making 12 consecutive saves, but Rutgers built on its lead twenty-two minutes into the second half, scoring off of a penalty corner.
About Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights are making the trip to Rhode Island after a 2-0 loss to Lafayette in Pennsylvania on Sunday. They will face the Providence College Friars in a Big East contest on Friday, before coming to the East Side to take on the Bears on Sunday. Five members of the team have point totals in the double digits, as Lisa Patrone leads the Scarlet Knights with 19 points on 8 goals and 3 assists. Danielle Freshnock, Sophie Wright and Cornelia Duffin have each netted five goals. Sarah Stuby has played all fifteen games in net for Rutgers, making 77 saves for a GAA of 2.20 and a .700 save percentage.
Up Next: The Bears will take to the road next week to play their last two games away from Brown for the 2012 season. They travel to Worcester, MA on Wednesday, October 24th to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders at 6:00pm, and to Philadelphia, PA for an Ivy League game against the Penn Quakers at 12:00pm on Sunday, October 28th.