October 2, 2013

Field Hockey Tripped Up at Providence, 5-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A powerful Providence offense handed the Brown field hockey team a 5-1 defeat in non-league action at Lennon Family Field on Wednesday. The Bears fall to 3-5 overall while the Friars improve to 4-5 on the season.

 

Providence was led by Daniella Bernasconi, who delivered a hat trick that included nearly-instant back-to-back goals to put the Friars up early. 

 

For Brown, senior Torie Stearns (Rye, N.Y.) tallied the lone goal for her squad, while junior goalie Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, Mass.) made seven saves.

 

The Friars struck almost immediately as Bernasconi knocked in goals within the first two minutes. Bernasconi grabbed a pass from Adrienne Houle in full stride and scooped in a goal from the right side just 27 seconds after the opening whistle, and later charged at the cage head on and drove the ball in to put the hosts up 2-0.

 

Stearns cut the deficit in half in the 24th minutes when she gathered a loose ball at the penalty stroke line and fired a bullet past Providence goalie Deidra Clymer. The Friars quickly made up the difference, however, as Caitlin Malone and Sally Adua each buried a goal in a span of 75 seconds to make it a 4-1 Friars lead. A scramble in front of the goal resulted in a Malone shot that deflected in off a defender's stick, and shortly after another ricochet from the right post found its way into the cage for Adua's tally.

 

O'Donnell managed a quick shot with just under a minute to play that was saved but earned the Bears a penalty corner. Alexis Miller drove a shot into the upper right hand corner only to have it ruled too high, leaving Brown facing a 4-1 disadvantage at the half.

 

Providence maintained offensive pressure in the second half and earned four penalty corners before Bernasconi chipped in her third goal to put the Friars up 5-1. Twelve second-half penalty corners wore down the Bears, who were unable to develop momentum and eventually fell by the four-goal margin.

 

Brown returns to action on Saturday with an Ivy League contest at Harvard at 12 p.m.