March 10, 2012

Bears Host #14 Princeton in 2012 Home Opener

THE GAME: The Bears enter Saturday's home opener against #14 Princeton following a 2-0 weekend in New York, in which theBrown defeated Columbia, 14-10, and Manhattan, 9-2.

LAST TIME OUT: In Sunday's victory over Manhattan, Brown was led by senior Kaela McGilloway's four points (3g, 1a) and sophomore Bre Hudgins' three points (2g, 1a), as five different players scored in the win. Sophomore Grace Healy also scored two goals, while junior Lindsay Minges and freshman Alexandra Crerend each scored one. The Bears went up, 2-0, during the opening 10 minutes on goals by Healy and McGilloway. After Manhattan got on the board, Brown closed the half by outscoring the Jaspers, 3-2, to hold a 5-2 lead at the break. Minges, McGilloway (2), and Crerend all scored goals in a second-half shutout for the Bears, as freshman Kellie Roddy stopped all three shots she faced in the half. Senior Isabel Harvey earned the win with five first-half saves. Brown dominated the draws, winning 12 of 13 for the game, as Healy, sophomore Danielle Mastro and freshman Alyssa DiBona all won two. McGilloway, DiBona, and junior Tara Rooke led Brown with two ground balls each, while DiBona led the team with two caused turnovers.  

ALL-TIME VS. PRINCETON: All-time, Brown is 3-30 against Princeton, which claimed a 17-5 win in New Jersey last year, stretching its winning streak to 20 games. The Bears' last win over the Tigers came in 1991 when Brown won, 11-6, in April of that year. 

LAST MEETING VS. PRINCETON: In the 2011 meeting against the Tigers, 17th-ranked Princeton scored the game's first goal 2:13 in and never looked back, building a 10-0 halftime lead. Brown cut the deficit to 10-2 when Paris Waterman '11 and Kaela McGilloway '12 scored 37 seconds apart early in the second half, but Princeton scored two of its own to maintain the 10-goal advantage. Bre Hudgins '14 scored to bring Brown to within 12-3, but another pair of goals for Princeton pushed the lead to 14-3 with 18 minutes left to play. McGilloway's second of the afternoon was answered by two more Princeton goals, before Hudgins added Brown's fifth to bring Brown to within 16-5 with 4:38 remaining. Princeton added its final score with 2:34 left to account for the 17-5 final. Isabel Harvey '12 and Maggie Suprey '11 combined for six saves. Grace Healy '14 earned six draw controls, while Hudgins won three. Waterman and Danielle Mastro '14 each had a team-high two caused turnovers, while Waterman, Harvey, Mastro, and Krissi Penikis '11 earned a team-high two ground balls. 

TODAY'S OPPONENT: Princeton enters the weekend with a 1-2 record and ranked No. 14 in the IWLCA national poll. The Tigers most recently lost 12-9 to Duke, three days after falling in overtime to Rutgers. Princeton started the season with a commanding 16-3 win at Villanova. Junior Jaci Gassaway is the Tigers' leading scorer with 13 points on nine goals and four assists. Sophomore Mary-Kate Sivilli and freshman Erin McMunn both have nine points with McMunn picking up a team-best seven assists, Sivilli on the other hand getting five of her nine points by way of goals. Senior Barb Previ adds six points, while senior Cassie Pyle, sophomore Sarah Lloyd and junior Charlotte Davis have four points apiece. Freshman Annie Woehling has started all three games in goal. She has an 8.46 goals against average and a .306 save percentage.