PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Coming off a 15-8 loss to Boston University in their home-opener, the Brown women's lacrosse team looked to get back on the winning track and did so in style against Ivy League foe Columbia on Saturday afternoon. Junior attack Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) paced the Bear offense with seven points (3 g, 4 a), as Brown (2-1, 1-0) was victorious against the Lions (0-2, 0-1) 14-6.
Eight different players scored for the Bears as both McGilloway and senior midfielder Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, Del.) tied for the team-lead with three goals. Freshman Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore Lindsay Minges (Rochester, N.Y.) each had two goals, while rookie Erin Roos (Wilmette, Ill.) tallied her first career points on a goal and an assist.
Brown took an early lead with Minges scored just 1:11 into the game, unassisted. The Bears quickly built on the lead when Caldwell scored the first of her three goal a minute and 19 seconds later.
Columbia was able to answer just over five minutes into the game, but Caldwell pushed it back to a two-goal lead 19 seconds later. Caldwell's score sparked the Brown offense as the squad rattled off four-straight goal sin the next five minutes to take control of the game with a 6-1 lead.
Columbia's Olivia Mann was literally half of the Lions offense as she was responsible for three of their six goals. Mann scored at 12:10 in the first half, but McGilloway answered with back-to-back goals to push the score to 8-2.
Again, it was Mann who was able to find the back of the net with three minutes remaining in the first half, but the Brown offense kept pressing and added two goals final two seconds to take a 10-3 into the half.
The Bears kept their offensive momentum rolling in the second half, scoring three-straight goals to increase the lead to 13-3.
Columbia's Mann was able to pick up her third goal of the game in the second and the Lions added to more in the final two and half minutes, but it was not enough as Brown rolled to the 14-6 win.
Junior goalie Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, Md.) drew the start in net and picked up the win, playing over 40 minutes while making four saves and allowing four goals. Senior Maggie Suprey (South Boston, Mass.) entered the game in the second half and played an inspired 15 minutes, making six saves, while not allowing a goal.
The Bears return to action on Tuesday, March 8th at Quinnipiac taking on the Bobcats at 1 p.m.
Pictured Above: junior attack Kaela McGilloway; photo by Dave Silverman.