Sept. 5, 2008
DURHAM, NH - The Brown field hockey team (0-1) opened its season on Friday afternoon at the University of New Hampshire, and fell to the Wildcats, 5-2. With the score tied 1-1 late in the first half, UNH used a 4-0 run, including three straight goals to open the second half, to break open the game and post a 5-2 win over the Bears. Freshman Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) led Brown, scoring both of the Bears' goals in her collegiate debut.
After nearly 14 minutes of scoreless action, the Wildcats, which outshot Brown, 5-1, during this time, grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal by Meg Shea at 13:30.
However, just 51 seconds later, Taft, who led Brown with six shots, found the back of the net to knot the contest at 1-1 with her first career goal, assisted by senior Sara Eaton (Arlington, VA).
The game remained tied at 1-1 until the 25th minute when the Wildcats' Brittany Jacobs tallied her first goal of the season to give New Hampshire a 2-1 lead heading into the break.
UNH maintained momentum and scored three straight goals over a span of 27 minutes in the second half, including Shea's second goal of the game at 37:28, which would prove to be the game-winner.
Taft tallied her second goal with 1:29 remaining for the 5-2 final.
For the game, UNH held a 24-13 advantage in shots and an 11-5 advantage in penalty corners. In addition to Taft's six shots, freshman Kit Masini (Ann Arbor, MI) and senior Victoria Sacco (Madison, NJ) each had two to help lead Brown. For the game, sophomore Lauren Kessler (Burtonsville, MD) recorded nine saves.