April 2, 2011

Brown Women’s Lacrosse Returns to Ivy Action at #18 Dartmouth

PROVIDENCE, RI – Coming off a hard-fought 12-8 loss to #9 Stanford, Brown (5-3, 1-1) plays its second straight road contest this Saturday, April 2, when it takes on #18 Dartmouth at 4:00 p.m. The game is the second in a row against a ranked team, as the Bears are in the midst of a grueling four-game stretch where they will also face Harvard and #3 Duke.

Saturday's game against the Big Green can be followed on livestats free of charge and will also be available on video for a monetary fee.

THE LAST TIME OUT: Brown enters the contest following a hard-fought 12-8 loss to #9 Stanford. The Cardinal broke open a 3-3 tie with four straight goals in a span of 11 minutes to grab a 7-3 lead with 4:40 left in the first half. Freshman Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY), who led all Brown players with three goals and an assist, got one back for the Bears 14 seconds before halftime to bring Brown to within 7-4 at the break. The two teams traded goals during the early going of the second half until back-to-back goals by junior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) and Hudgins 1:10 apart made it 9-7 with 13 minutes remaining in the game. After a Stanford timeout, the Cardinal netted three goals in just over three minutes to put the game out of reach. Freshman Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY), who had two goals, scored her second with 3:37 left to play to account for the 12-8 final. Senior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) and freshman Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) led Brown with two draw controls each, while Caldwell, senior Krissi Penikis (Swarthmore, PA) and freshman Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) all had two caused turnovers. Junior goalie Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD), who stopped 12 shots, also led Brown with three ground balls.

ABOUT BROWN: Kaela McGilloway leads the Bears in scoring with 28 points (20g, 8a) and is second on the team in goals behind Bre Hudgins' 21. Hudgins ranks second on the team with 23 points, while junior Julia Keller (Concord, MA) is third with 16 points (7g, 9a), and Alexa Caldwell is fourth with 14 points (10g, 4a). Senior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) and Danielle Mastro have also reached double digits in scoring with 13 points each. Grace Healy has 35 draw controls on the season to lead the Bears, while sophomore Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA) leads the team with 16 ground balls and Caldwell paces Brown with 12 caused turnovers. Isabel Harvey has started all eight games and has a 10.48 GAA with a .433 save percentage, while senior Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA) has played in all eight games and has an 8.13 GAA and a .485 save percentage.

RANKED AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Entering this week and prior to the Stanford game, the Bears had two players ranked among the nation's best. Grace Healy was fourth in the nation with 4.71 draw controls per game, while Kaela McGilloway was 33rd in the country with 3.71 points per game. As a team, Brown was among the top 30 in the country in five categories, including caused turnovers (4th – 11.14/game), winning percentage (16th - .714), scoring offense (22nd – 13.0/game), scoring margin (22nd – 3.43), and scoring defense (26th – 9.57 gaa).

IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Kaela McGilloway continued to climb Brown's all-time career scoring leaders and enters the Dartmouth game ranked 13th all-time with 108 points, 16th all-time with 72 career goals, and 7th all-time with 36 career assists. Alexa Caldwell and Paris Waterman are currently tied for 10th all-time at Brown for career caused turnovers with 50. The duo also ranks among Brown's all-time career draw control leaders, as Caldwell is 14th with 55 and Waterman is 18th with 50. Isabel Harvey has moved into 8th all-time at Brown for career saves leaders and enters the Dartmouth game with 222. Grace Healy already ranks 6th all-time at Brown for draw controls in a single season, as her 35 is just 10 shy of tying the season record and eight shy of entering Brown's all-time top-20 for career draw controls.

ABOUT DARTMOUTH: The Big Green (5-2, 2-0) enter Saturday's game following a 15-7 win over Columbia last Saturday. It was their second straight victory after defeating Oregon on March 23rd, as Dartmouth snapped a two-game skid with the pair of wins. During the skid, the Big Green fell to Boston University, 9-7 and #3 Duke, 15-7. Saturday's game against Brown is the first of three straight at home for Dartmouth, which hosts Syracuse on Monday April 4th and Cornell on Saturday April 9th. Kat Collins currently leads the Big Green with 22 points (17g, 5a), while Greta Meyer adds 20 points (20g, 5a). Three other players – Sarah Plumb (9g, 4a), Sarah Parks (5g, 8a), and Kirsten Goldberg (10g) also have reached double digits in scoring this season, while six other players have posted at least one point. Plumb also lears the team with 16 ground balls, while Courtney Bennett has a team-high 12 draw controls and Shannie MacKenzie has a team-high 11 caused turnovers. Kristen Giovanniello has played all 420 minutes in net this year and has posted an 8.57 GAA to go along with a .528 save percentage. 

BROWN vs. DARTMOUTH: All-time, Brown is 11-26-1 against Dartmouth, as the Big Green have claimed the previous two meetings, winning 16-1 in Hanover in 2009 and 9-7 in Providence last year. In the 2010 meeting, the two teams were tied, 4-4, at the end of the first half, before five straight Dartmouth goals to open the second half gave the Big Green a 9-4 lead with 8:40 to play. Brown added goals by Kaela McGilloway and two by Alexa Caldwell in the final six minutes, but could get no closer. Overall, Caldwell, sophomore Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) and Paris Waterman led Brown with two goals each, while Isabel Harvey made seven saves.

Pictured: Sidney Jacobs '13. Photo by DSPics.net.