PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A pair of Northern opponents await the arrival of the Brown field hockey team at the Catamount Classic hosted by the University of Vermont on Saturday and Sunday. The Bears take on the Catamounts on Saturday at 2 p.m. before facing the Black Bears of Maine on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
All games of the tournament will be streamed for free in HD on CatamounTV.com.
Brown stands at 1-1 on the season after junior Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) tallied two goals to lift the Bears to a 3-2 victory over Rider last Sunday. O'Donnell, an Ivy League Honor Roll selection last week, leads the team with seven points on three goals and an assist, and junior goalie Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, Mass.) has made 19 saves in two full games between the pipes.
The Catamounts still seek their first win of the season after a 0-4 start. Opponents outscored Vermont 15-3 over the first two contests, but the Cats narrowed the margin in 4-3 setbacks to Davidson and Appalachian State. Junior forward Ashley McDonald has scored a team-best four goals, while senior forward Colleen Slaughter proved she can finish and create with three goals and three assists. Stephanie Zygmunt has handled goalkeeping duties in all four games, making 42 saves while allowing 5.54 markers per contest.
Last season, Brown used a two-goal second half to beat Vermont 3-2 and take a 13-8 lead in the all-time series.
The Black Bears are winners of two straight and stand at 2-3 on the season. Maine seems to have found its offensive rhythm after back-to-back 5-2 victories and are averaging 4.67 goals per game over the last three tilts. Five players have already registered multiple goals for the Black Bears, who are led by sophomore Nicole Sevey (four goals, three assists), junior Annabelle Hamilton (three goals, two assists) and sophomore Cassidy Svetek (three goals, two assists). Natasha Ford earned the start in the cage in all five games and has stopped 60 percent of opposing shots in 279 minutes of action.
Maine got the best of Brown last year with a 3-2 outcome in Orono. The Bears look to beat Maine for the first time since 2008 when Brown secured a 2-1 win on the road after penalty strokes.