Bears Fall to Cross-Town Rival, #14 Providence, 2-1, in Overtime
Oct. 18, 2006
PROVIDENCE, RI - Junior goalie Kristen Hodavance (Emmaus, PA) recorded a season-high 12 saves, but 14th-ranked Providence College got one past her on a deflection at 9:57 of the first overtime as the Friars (14-3) handed the Brown field hockey team (7-4) a 2-1 loss on Wednesday afternoon at Warner Roof. The Bears gave all they could handle to the Friars, who won their third straight game, but came up just short in their first game against a ranked opponent this season.
The Friars dominated the game, outshooting Brown 23-9, including a 6-0 advantage in overtime, and earning 12 penalty corners to Brown's five, including a 5-0 margin in overtime. Providence took an early 1-0 lead, scoring on a rebound just 9:59 into the game. Emily Ewins fired a shot on net that Hodavance stopped, but the rebound bounced out to Abby Maguire and she fired the ball over Hodavance for the 1-0 lead.
However, the Bears responded just 12 minutes later, scoring a similar goal off a rebound. Sophomore Sara Eaton (Arlington, VA) sent a long ball into the circle, where junior leading scorer Andrea Posa (Weston, MA) collected the ball, turned, and fired a shot on net. PC goalie Kim Vesling made the save, but the rebound bounced back out to Posa, who fired it into the lower left corner to tie the score at 1-1 at 22:27.
The two teams both had chances in the second half with each team earning four penalty corners and PC holding an 8-4 advantage in shots. Both goalies were up to the task as Vesling recorded two second half saves and Hodavance stopped all three shots that came her way.
The Friars dominated the overtime, earning several penalty corners in a row. Their persistence finally paid off with just 5:03 left in the first overtime when Melissa McGow sent a rocket to the right of the cage that Nellie Poulin redirected past Hodavance for the win.
Posa led Brown with four shots, while senior Samantha Lloyd (Shavertown, PA) notched two shots. McGow, Poulin, and Maguire all tallied four shots to lead PC. The Bears resume action on Saturday, October 21, when they host Ivy rival Cornell in a 12:00 noon game.