PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's ice hockey team will play games number two and three of a six-game homestand this weekend against ECAC foes Union (1-9-0, 0-4-0) and Rensselaer (3-6-2, 2-2-0). The Bears (1-3-0, 0-2-0) picked up their first win of the season last weekend against Sacred Heart, 5-1, in the home-opener at Meehan Auditorium. The games also start a four-game stretch in which Brown will take on ECAC opponents.
After scoring two goals in each of its first three games, Brown exploded for five goals against Sacred Heart, three coming in the third period. Sophomore Erica Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) was the star of the show with a four-point performance. Farrer tallied two goals, both coming in the third period, one of which was the Bears' first short-handed goal of the season. The second-year star also registered two assists, one coming on what proved to be the game winner against the Pioneers.
Senior forward Erica Kromm (Naramata, British Columbia) is riding a three-game scoring streak. After a tough season-opener against then-No. 8 Boston College at Conte Forum, Kromm has lit the lamp in each game against then ECAC-leading Dartmouth, No. 9 Harvard and Sacred Heart. Kromm leads the Bears in goals scored.
Sophomore Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) who is second on the team with three points, missed last week's game against Sacred Heart and will not play this weekend as she has returned to her native country to train with Czech Republic National Team. Polenska served as the captain of the Czech Republic Olympic Developmental team over this past summer.
Union is led by a junior forward trifecta as each player has four points this season. Kelly Alyea and Lauren Hoffman each have two goals and two assists while Lauren Cromartie has tallied a goal and three assists. Junior Emilie Aresneault and senior Calle Heywood also have two goals each.
Junior goaltender Kate Gallagher has seen the majority of time in net this season boasting a 2.43 goals against average and .933 save percentage, but only has a 1-7-0 record. The junior netminder has made 252 saves over 443:37 this season.
This will be just the third road game for Union. They have been shutout in their previous two road outings at Clarkson (3-0) and St. Lawrence (1-0).
After two-straight home games, RPI hits the road again this weekend to take on Yale and Brown. The Engineers opened the season on the road with back-to-back losses at Wisconsin but have rebounded to go 2-2 in their past to road games, including a 3-2 OT victory over Providence College.
Rensselaer is paced offensively by junior forward Jill Vandergrift, who leads the team with seven points (two goals, five assists). Sophomore Taylor Horton and freshman Jordan Smelker both have three goals this season to lead the Engineers.
In goal, senior Sonja van der Bliek has racked up 537:11 minutes between the pipes, making 210 saves. She totes a 3.24 goals against average and a .879 save percentage.
Next Time on the Ice
Brown continues its six-game homestand next weekend when the team welcomes Clarkson and St. Lawrence to Meehan Auditorium. The Bears conclude their home stretch with a post-Thanksgiving matchup with Providence College in the Mayor's Cup Game.