April 16, 2010

Bears to Host Cornell Friday at 4:00

THE GAME: The Bears enter Friday's game against Cornell having won their previous three games; 19-4 over Bryant, 14-12 over Columbia, and 17-9 over Manhattan. Brown is 2-3 in Ivy League play and still in the hunt for a spot in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament pending results against Cornell and Penn and results involving Yale, Harvard, and Cornell.

LAST TIME OUT: Against the Jaspers on Sunday, sophomore Kaela McGilloway, the reigning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, notched a career-high 10 points (5g, 5a) to lead eight different goal scorers and nine different players with at least one point. Her 10 points capped off a week where she posted 20 points (9g, 11a) in the Bears' three victories. Junior Paris Waterman (2g, 1a) and freshman Lindsay Minges (1g, 2a) both had three points, while freshman Katie DeLuca joined them with the first three points of her career, all goals. Junior Krissi Penikis helped to lead the defense with a team-high four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Penikis and Waterman both had three draw controls to help lead the Bears. Sophomore Isabel Harvey, the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, recorded eight saves, allowing five goals, in just under 44 minutes to earn her seventh win of the season. Freshman Brienne Donovan played just over 16 minutes of relief in the game, earning her third appearance of the season.

ALL-TIME VS. CORNELL: Cornell leads the all-time series with Brown by a 16-14 margin, including winning the last 10 meetings between the two teams. In games played in Providence, the series is tied, 8-8.

LAST YEAR VS. CORNELL: In the 2009 contest, Cornell broke a 6-6 tie with four straight goals to go up, 10-6, and effectively put the game out of reach in what was a 12-9 victory for the Big Red, then ranked 20th in the nation. Lauren Vitkus '09 led Brown with three goals, while Kelly Robinson '09 and Jesse Nunn '09 each added two goals in the loss. Alexa Caldwell '11 (1g) and Callie Lawrence '09 (1g) also scored in the game, which saw Gianna Spinelli '12 record five saves and Madeline Wasser '10 make one.

TODAY'S OPPONENT: Like Brown, Cornell is 2-3 in League play and joins the Bears and Yale in the hunt for the final spot in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. Harvard is also in the mix, and enters the weekend with a 1-3 League record with three games remaining. The Big Red enter Friday's game following a 9-6 loss to Dartmouth last Saturday. Cornell is 1-4 in its last five games, having defeated Princeton, 11-8, and lost to Penn (15-6), Florida (10-5), and Harvard (10-4) in addition to Dartmouth. Jessi Steinberg '12 currently leads the Big Red with 29 points (27g, 2a), while Libby Johnson '11 (11g, 10a) has also earned at least 20 points this season. Other players who have double digits in scoring include Shannon McHugh '12 (10g, 2a) and Katie Kirk '12 (11g). Katie Ivory '13 leads the team with 16 ground balls, while Steinberg leads Cornell with 25 draw controls and Tissy O'Connor '10 paces the Big Red with 15 caused turnovers. Kyla Dambach '12 has seen the majority of time in net this season and has a 9.96 GAA to go along with a .442 save percentage.

Pictured: Kara Kelly '10. Photo by DSPics.net.