March 18, 2012

Women's Lacrosse Returns Home to Host Quinnipiac

THE GAME: In the midst of a four-game non-league stretch, the Bears enter Sunday's game against Quinnipiac following an 11-10 defeat at Holy Cross on Tuesday afternoon. Today's game also marks the middle contest of a stretch of three games in a week, as the Bears play at Bryant on Tuesday night in the third annual Ocean State Cup game.

LAST TIME OUT: In Tuesday's loss at Holy Cross, the Crusaders came back from an early 5-1 deficit to eventually lead, 9-5, early in the second half. The Bears clawed their way back into the game, twice closing the gap to a goal (10-9 & 11-10), but could get no closer in the final minutes. Brown was led by senior Julia Keller's three goals, while senior Kaela McGilloway, and sophomores Grace Healy and Bre Hudgins all had a goal and an assist. Freshman Abby Bunting (2g), sophomore Danielle Mastro (1g), and freshman Julia Carrellas (1g) also scored in the loss. Defensively, Brown was led by sophomore Erin Roos, who has three caused turnovers, while Healy added two. Four different players all had a team-high two ground balls, while Healy led the Bears with three draw controls. Senior Isabel Harvey recorded one save in the opening 22:41, before giving way to freshman Kellie Roddy, who stopped six shots in the final 37:19.
 
ALL-TIME VS. QUINNIPIAC: All-time, Brown is 3-1 against Quinnipiac, dating back to the first contest between the two teams in 2005. The Bears won last year's game in Hamden, 16-11, while the Bobcats claimed their lone win in the series in 2009 (11-6).

LAST MEETING VS. QUINNIPIAC: In the 2011 meeting against the Bobcats, the Bears broke open a 3-3 game by scoring six unanswered goals during the middle third of the first half and take a 9-3 lead at the 18:50 mark. Quinnipiac would close the lead to 9-6 with three straight goals, before back-to-back Brown goals at the end of the first 30 minutes gave Brown an 11-6 lead at the half. The two teams scored in bunches during the final 30 minutes. After a Quinnipiac goal 11:04 after the break made it 11-6, Brown scored five straight to take a 16-7 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Bobcats closed the game with four unanswered goals to account for the 16-11 final. Brown was led by a six-goal outing from Bre Hudgins '14, while Kaela McGilloway '12 had three goals and two assists and Julia Keller '12 added two goals and three assists. Erin Roos '14 (2g), Nancy Baker '12 (1g), Alexa Caldwell '11 (1g), and Grace Healy '14 (1g) also scored in the win. Healy dominated the draw, winning a game-high 10 draw controls, while Katie DeLuca '13 added two. Isabel Harvey '12 earned the win with four saves in just under 50 minutes, while Maggie Suprey '11 stopped one shot in the final 10 minutes.

TODAY'S OPPONENT: Quinnipiac enters Sunday's game following a pair of games in Denver. After defeating St. Mary's, 18-14, in a neutral site game, the Bobcats fell to Denver, 19-6, on Thursday evening. Quinnipiac is led by Marissa Caroleo, who has 12 points (10g, 2a), while Lianne Toomey adds 11 points (6g, 5a). Sarah Allen is third on the team with nine points, leading the Bobcats with nine assists. Devon Gibney leads the team with 12 draw controls, while Chelsea Guerrera has a team-high six caused turnovers. Three different players share the team lead for ground balls, as Phoebe Laplante, Kelsey Maroney, and Noelle Martello each have four. Martello has started all three games in net for Quinnipiac and has posted a 19.86 GAA to go along with a .358 save percentage in just under 130 minutes. Samantha Tilts has played in two games and has a 9.58 GAA and a .333 save percentage in 50 minutes.