PROVIDENCE, RI – On the strength of seven different goal scorers, including four with at least two goals, the Brown women's lacrosse team (5-3) won its third straight game, a 14-9 decision over visiting Stanford (2-5) on Sunday afternoon at the Berylson Family Fields. Senior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) led all players with six points, scoring her 100th career goal and assisting five others, while senior Julia Keller (Concord, MA), sophomore Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY), and freshman Alexandra Crerend (New Canaan, CT) all scored three goals.
A big factor in Brown's victory was its dominance on the draw, winning 17 and limiting Stanford to just eight for the game, including two during the final 30 minutes. The Cardinal came out strong, as Anna Boeri won the opening draw and dished to Maria Fortino for a fast-break challenge. Freshman Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) helped set the tone early, stopping Fortino's one-on-one from inside the eight and Brown immediately transitioned for the game's first goal, a free position score by Mastro at 1:24. The Bears increased their lead to 3-0 as Mastro fed Keller just 54 seconds later and then junior Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) converted another free position shot to give Brown a three-goal lead just 3:30 into the game.
Stanford tallied back-to-back unassisted goals to come to within 3-2 at the 7:30 mark, but McGilloway picked up her first point with an assist on a Keller crease roll, as Brown held a 4-2 lead 8:48 into the game.
Stanford responded with two goals of its own to tie the score at 4-4 just shy of the midway point of the opening half, but Crerend scored back-to-back goals, both unassisted, at 16:05 and 17:34 to give the Bears a 6-4 lead.
Again, Stanford tied the score with two straight goals in less than two minutes. However, Brown answered right back with two goals in 69 seconds to take an 8-6 lead with 3:40 remaining in the half. McGilloway's 100th goal gave Brown a 7-6 lead at the 25:11 mark, while sophomore Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) converted a McGilloway feed for her 14th goal of the year at 26:20.
The teams closed the half with a goal each, scoring 11 seconds apart, in the final 1:12 of the half, as Brown held a 9-7 lead at the break.
The Bears opened the second half just as they did the game, scoring three goals in the first 2:37 to take their biggest lead of the day, 12-7. Mastro started and ended the run, while junior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) scored her first of two goals in the middle of the run.
The two teams would trade goals the rest of the way with Stanford twice cutting Brown's lead to four goals, and the Bears answering both times to keep the lead at five. McGilloway would assist both goals, setting up Minges for her second of the afternoon at the 38:15 mark and then Crerend's third goal of the afternoon and the final of the game with 7:59 left to play.
The Bears were composed and patient throughout the final 20 minutes of the game, possessing the ball for long stretches of time, as nearly 12 minutes elapsed between Stanford's ninth goal and Brown's 14th.
Defensively, sophomore Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) led Brown with five ground balls and five draw controls, while Minges had a game-high three caused turnovers. Mastro and sophomore Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) pitched in three draw controls each, while Crerend had three ground balls.
For the game, Brown outshot Stanford, 28-22, and held a 15-12 advantage in ground balls. Roddy finished with eight saves for her third win of the season, while Lyndsey Munoz made nine saves for Stanford.
After four straight non-league contests, Brown resumes Ivy League play on Saturday, March 31st, when it hosts Dartmouth in a 12:00 noon contest. Following the conclusion of the game, the team will hold a clinic for girls 12-and-under.
Pictured: Erin Roos '14 had 5 ground balls and 5 draw controls against Stanford. Photo by DSPics.net.