PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman Sam Donovan (New Brighton, Minn.) and senior Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) notched back-to-back goals in the third period to help the Brown women's hockey team erase a one-goal deficit as the Bears downed Providence College, 2-1, in the 20th Annual Mayor's Cup Friday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium.
The Bears (4-6-0) took the Mayor's Cup for the third time in four years under head coach Amy Bourbeau and improved to 10-7-3 in the Mayor's Cup series after the Friars (2-12-3) won in last year's meeting, 4-3.
Sophomore Monica Elvin (Oakland, Calif.) made 32 saves in net for the Bears to pick up the win, while Allie Morse registered 16 stops on the other end. Junior Hunter Davis (Clifton Park, N.Y.) earned a pair of assists for the second straight contest.
Keon has now recorded a point in eight of her last nine outings.
Providence came out on the offensive in the opening period with 12 shots on net, but the Bears battled through the early attack to keep the game scoreless at the first intermission. The second period featured balanced play on both ends, as the Friars held a slim 9-7 edge in shots during the stanza, but neither team found the back of the net heading into the third frame.
Providence opened up the scoring at 7:49 in the third period when Blair Parent scored her first goal of the season. The rookie skated through the left circle and lifted a shot past the reach of Elvin to push the visitors in front, 1-0.
Nevertheless, Brown evened the score at 11:10 when Donovan notched her sixth tally of the season. After Morse stopped an initial shot, Donovan continued the play and crashed the net, as she knocked home the rebound to tie the game at 1-1. Junior Ariana Rucker (Oakton, Va.) and Davis were credited with assists on the play.
Providence had a late opportunity with a power play at 14:16, but the Bears killed off the attack, and then roared back for the game winner at 17:07. After Davis took a shot from the point, Keon was set up in the left circle and deflected the puck into the back of the net to move the Bears in front, 2-1, for the eventual victory.
Brown and Providence College will meet again tomorrow for a non-conference tilt at Schneider Arena. The game is set to start at 1 p.m.