THE GAME: The Bears enter Wednesday's game against Holy Cross following a 17-5 loss at #17 Princeton on Saturday. The game is the first of three straight non-league contests, as Brown hosts in-state rival Bryant on Sunday, before traveling to California to face Stanford on March 29th.
LAST TIME OUT: In Saturday's loss to Princeton, Brown came out flat in the first half, as the Tigers built a 10-0 lead at the break. Junior Kaela McGilloway and freshman Bre Hudgins each scored two goals for the Bears, while senior Paris Waterman added one in the loss. Freshman Grace Healy continued her strength on the draw, winning a game-high six draw controls, while Hudgins earned three. Waterman and freshman Danielle Mastro each had two caused turnovers to lead Brown, while Waterman, Mastro, senior Krissi Penikis and junior Isabel Harvey all had a team-high two ground balls. Harvey recorded five saves in 41:15, before giving way to senior Maggie Suprey, who made one save in the final 18:45.
ALL-TIME VS. HOLY CROSS: Brown is 13-1 all-time against the Crusaders, though the two teams have not met since the Bears posted a 9-8 win during the 2007 season. Holy Cross' lone victory came in 2005 when the Crusaders edged Brown, 6-5. In Brown's 9-8 victory in 2007, Lauren Vitkus '09 scored the winning goal with 11:10 left to play, as the Bears came back from a 4-2 halftime deficit for the win.
LAST MEETING VS. HOLY CROSS: No current member of either team has ever faced each other, as the last meeting between Brown and Holy Cross came during the 2007 season. In the last meeting, a 9-8 win, Lauren Vitkus '09 led all Bears with two goals and two assists, while Jadie DeTolla '08 (2g), Molly McCarthy '10 (1g, 1a), and Kaitlyn Giles '10 (2g) also all had multiple points in the win. Melissa King '08 recorded 11 saves in net, while Jennifer Redd '07 led the defense with three caused turnovers. After Holy Cross grabbed a 3-0 lead in the opening 14 minutes, Giles got Brown on the board with 4:12 left in the half to make it 3-1 with both teams scoring once more before the break. A goal by Kelly Robinson '09 cut the lead to 4-3, but Holy Cross responded to regain the two-goal advantage. DeTolla tied the score with back-to-back scores and then two more goals from McCarthy and Giles gave Brown a 7-5 lead with 19:42 remaining. The teams would trade goals over the next eight minutes, as Brown led, 9-7, with 11:10 remaining. Holy Cross would score the final goal with 9:17 left to play and then King and the Bears' defense held on for the one-goal lead.
TODAY'S OPPONENT: The Crusaders are 1-6 on the season and have dropped four straight after posting a 12-5 win over Yale on February 26th. Kat Sutton (13g, 1a) and Taylor Zebrowski (11g, 3a) share the team lead with 14 points, while Cassie Rudden (4g, 8a) adds 12 points on the season. Five other players have posted at least one point on the season Meg O'Leary and Annie Boylan both have a team-high 16 ground balls, while Boylan leads the Crusaders with 13 draw controls and Sara Cox leads the team with 11 caused turnovers. Amy Martin has played the majority of time in net and has a .430 save percentage with a 9.84 GAA, stopping 49 of 114 shots.
Pictured: Grace Healy '14 ranks 3rd in the Nation with 26 draw controls. Photo by DSPics.net.