Harvard Erases 7-2 Deficit with 10 Goal Run en Route to 12-9 Victory over Bears
PROVIDENCE, RI – Danielle Tetreault led all goal scorers with five goals to lead Harvard (5-4, 3-1) to a 12-9 come-from-behind win over the Brown women's lacrosse team (5-5, 1-3) on Friday evening at Stevenson Field.
Tetreault got Harvard on the board 2:19 into the game, scoring on a free position shot, before an unassisted goal by freshman Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) 1:10 later tied the score at 1-1. After another Tetreault free position score at the 4:57 mark, Brown freshman Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) scored a pair of goals off feeds by junior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) to first tie the game at 2-2 and then give Brown its first lead of the day, 3-2, 12:08 into the half.
Following Mastro's pair, Brown would score four more goals, all unassisted, over the next 13 minutes to take a 7-2 lead with just under five minutes to play in the first half. Senior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE), freshman Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY), Mastro and Healy all scored during this time with both Hudgins and Healy connecting on free position attempts.
The Crimson would claw back into the game with three goals in the final 2:35 of the first half, all of which were scored with Harvard playing a man down after a card at the 26:06 mark.
Harvard made a defensive adjustment at the half and came out pressuring Brown all over the offensive end of the field and the Bears were unable to break the high-pressure defense, taking just two shots over the first 25 minutes of the half.
It was during this time, that the Crimson took over, scoring seven goals over a period of nearly 23 minutes to take a 12-7 lead. Tetreault scored the first two of the second half to tie the game at 7-7 just 6:14 after the break. Nina Kucharczyk's second of the game just 1:32 later gave Harvard its first lead, 8-7, since holding a 2-1 lead five minutes into the game. Jenn VanderMeulen scored two goals about 10 minutes apart and sandwiched around a pair of goals by Melanie Baskind to cap the 7-0 run.
Senior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) finally halted the Harvard scoring spree when she scored on a free position shot with 2:40 remaining and then Hudgins tallied her second goal of the evening with 33 seconds left to account for the 12-9 final.
Overall, the two teams were even in shots with 26 each, while Brown earned 16 ground balls to Harvard's 10. The Bears also won the draws, 14-9. Healy and Caldwell led Brown with four draw controls each, while Hudgins and Caldwell had three ground balls to lead the Bears. Caldwell also caused a team-high three turnovers.
Senior Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA) earned her first start of the season in net and recorded six saves.
Brown returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it faces #3 Duke in a 1:00 p.m. game at Stevenson Field.
Pictured: Alexa Caldwell '11. Photo by DSPics.net.