Bears Win Ivy Opener, 14-10, at Columbia

NEW YORK, NY – Senior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) led Brown with three goals and two assists to help the Bears (1-1, 1-0) post their first win of the season, a 14-10 victory over Columbia (1-2, 0-1) in the Ivy opener for both squads. Sophomore Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) also scored three goals and had an assist, while freshman Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) and junior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) both scored twice.

After Columbia went ahead, 1-0, on the first of four goals by Kacie Johnson at the 1:59 mark, Brown's Minges and Mastro scored back-to-back goals 42 seconds apart to give Brown a 2-1 lead 5:19 into the game.

The Lions would convert a pair of free position attempts 34 seconds apart from each other, both with a player advantage, at 10:19 and 10:53 to take a 3-2 lead. However Bunting's first career goal at 12:39 tied the score at 3-3 and the Bears never looked back, building a 5-3 lead on goals by McGilloway and junior Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) at 18:03 and 22:30.

Another Johnson goal with 4:54 left in the first half temporarily halted Brown's momentum, but McGilloway assisted back-to-back goals by senior Julia Keller (Concord, MA) and Bunting to give the Bears a 7-4 lead at the break.

The Lions opened the second half, cutting Brown's lead to 7-5 just 15 seconds after the draw. However, Brown responded with a four-goal run, as sophomore Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY), Mastro, sophomore Grace Healy (Bellport, NY), and McGilloway all scored in a span of four minutes to give Brown an 11-5 lead with 25 minutes remaining.

The teams traded goals over a span of three minutes, with McGilloway's third of the day, assisted by Keller, holding Brown's lead at six goals, 12-6.

Columbia would close the game by outscoring Brown, 4-2, in the final 14 minutes, scoring twice to cut the lead to 12-8. After a pair of Brown goals, by Mastro and Minges, made it 14-8 with 4:26 remaining, Columbia added two more to account for the 14-10 final.

Healy led the Bears with three draw controls, while Hudgins, Keller, freshman Julia Carrellas (Middletown, RI) and junior Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA) each added two, as Brown won the draw controls, 18-8.

Hudgins and senior Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) had three ground balls to lead Brown in that category, while Bunting, Keller, Carrellas, and sophomore Marissa Dale (North Salem, NY) all had two.

Harvey recorded seven saves in net for the Bears, who resume action tomorrow afternoon when they face Manhattan in a 1:00 p.m. contest.

Pictured: Grace Healy '14. Photo by DSPics.net.