April 6, 2010

Bears Begin Busy Week Tuesday Night at Bryant

PROVIDENCE, RI – Coming off a hard-fought, 9-7, loss to #9 Dartmouth, the Bears have a busy week ahead, beginning tonight when they travel to Smithfield, RI to face Bryant in a 7:00 p.m. contest. The game marks the beginning of a stretch where Brown will play three straight road games, as the Bears travel to New York City to face Columbia this Saturday and Manhattan on Sunday.

On Saturday against the Big Green, the two teams were tied, 4-4, at the half, but Dartmouth opened the second half with five straight goals to take a 9-4 lead with 8:39 remaining in the game. The Bears attempted a late comeback, with sophomore Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) and junior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) – two goals – each scoring in the final six minutes of play. However, it was as close as Brown could get despite a few late chances. Caldwell, junior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) and freshman Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) led the Bears with two goals each. Senior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) also had a strong game, leading Brown with three draw controls, three ground balls, and three caused turnovers. Sophomore goalie Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) recorded seven saves, several of which came on point-blank shots.

Bryant is coming off a 15-14 double overtime loss to Wagner, in a game that saw Bryant’s Lauren Sheridan tie the game with 7.5 seconds left in the first overtime, only to have Wagner score the game-winner 44 seconds into the sudden-victory period. Kayla Manzi led the Bulldogs with five points (2g, 3a), while Meg Atha was the leading goal scorer for Bryant in the game with four goals. Lauren Filippone recorded 12 saves, 10 of which came in regulation. The Bulldogs are led by Sheridan, who has 35 points (28g, 7a) this season, while Allison Faiola has 24 points (20g, 4a). Four other players have reached double digits in scoring, including Atha, who has 17 points, all goals, Mary Green (5g, 9a), Eliza DeMarseilles (9g, 4a), and Manzi (8g, 5a). Nicole Rettinger leads Bryant with 33 ground balls, 20 draw controls, and 29 caused turnovers. Filippone has played the majority of time in net and has a 14.61 GAA with a .456 save percentage in 11 games (2-9).

Brown is 1-0 all-time against the Bulldogs in a series that began last season with a 21-6 Brown victory. Last season, Brown was led by Kaela McGilloway ’12 (Sea Cliff, NY) and Jesse Nunn ’09 (Worton, MD), who paced the offense with six points each, as Nunn had five goals and one assist and McGilloway had two goals and four assists. The Bears utilized 12 different goal scorers, while eight different players tallied more than one point in the win. Also scoring for Brown were Katelyn Caro ’12 (2g), Callie Lawrence ’09 (2g), Lauren Vitkus ’09 (2g), Macie Winship ’11 (2g), Julianne Bishop ’12 (1g), Brittany Boulanger ’11 (1g), Jaclyn Melicharek ’12 (1g), Margaret Polanin ’12 (1g), Kelly Robinson ’09 (1g), Paris Waterman ’11 (1g).

Live stats and audio for the game will be available on brownbears.com.

Pictured: Bethany Buzzell ’10. Photo by DSPics.net.