Bears Outlast Lions; Win Triple Overtime Thriller, 11-10, on Minges Goal

PROVIDENCE, RI – With time winding down in the third overtime period, a brilliant Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) feed from behind the cage, allowed Linsay Minges (Rochester, NY) to net the game-winner with two seconds on the clock in Brown's Ivy League opener.  With the win, the Bears improve to 2-0 (1-0 Ivy League) on the young season, while Columbia falls to 1-2 (0-1 Ivy League).

Both teams would score once in the first overtime period.  Hudgins gave Brown a 10-9 lead, scoring her ninth of the season at 61:46.  However, after a Brown yellow card, Johnson tied the game at 10-10, eight seconds before the teams would switch sides. Bunting had a chance to win the game for the Bears but the Lions goalie, Skylar Dabbar, made the save with two seconds on the clock.

The second overtime period saw no shots on goal. Despite a draw control win by senior Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA), a Bears' turnover would give Columbia the period's only real possession.  The Lions seemed content to hold the ball behind the Brown goal until 30 seconds remained in the frame. Brown's defense was solid, however, and kept the Lions outside the eight-meter arc until time expired.

The third overtime period started with Hudgins winning the draw. After maintaining possession for the first two minutes, a Brown turnover would lead to a Columbia fast-break opportunity. Roddy stood tall for the Bears, stopping a Johnson shot with 42 seconds left. Following the save, Brown was able to complete its clearing attempt. Rooke ended up with the ball as she settled behind the Lions' goal. With time winding down, Minges made a strong cut from the top of the eight, receiving Rooke's pass and beating the Columbia goalie to the top-right corner for the game winner.

Brown built an early lead on the strength of a 5-0 run. Junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 3:58. Just over two minutes later, Rooke would extend the Bears' lead to 2-0 when her shot to the low corner followed a beautifully executed crease roll. After a Columbia foul, Hudgins converted a free-position shot at 10:24 and three minutes later, sophomore Janie Gion (Northfield, IL) would score on a free position of her own, extending the Bears' lead to 4-0. Junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) scored her first goal of the season on the Bears third free-position shot of the half, for a 5-0 margin.

The Lions halted the Bears' momentum by scoring twice in two minutes and cutting their deficit to three goals. Paige Cuscovitch got Columbia on the board with a free position goal at 20:47 and Kacie Johnson tallied the second goal at 22:34. Hudgins would get her seventh of the season at 25:06 and the Bears headed into the intermission with a 6-2 lead.

The Lions started the second half seemingly energized from the break. A 4-0 run, including a goal from Kelly Buechel, two from Kacie Johnson, and one from Kaitlin Brophy, tied the game at 6-6 at 41:12. However, the Bears regained the lead when Gion assisted a goal by junior Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) at 45:21. Hudgins pushed the Brown lead back to two with another free-position goal, three minutes after Mastro's tally.

Columbia and Brown then alternated goals, with Kate Murphy scoring for the Lions at 56:00 and sophomore Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) tallying a goal with the Bears enjoying a player advantage at 58:12, leaving the score at 9-7 with less than two minutes on the clock.  However, the Lions responded with two straight goals, tying the game at 9-9 with another Cuscovitch score with 57 seconds left in regulation. Although Hudgins would win the ensuing draw control, neither team would take a shot in the rest of the half, sending the game into overtime.

Hudgins led all scorers with five goals. Rooke added a goal and two assists, while Gion added one goal and one assist. The Bears dominated the circle, leading the draw-control battle 17-9. Hudgins had six and Healy added five. Bunting added a team-high three ground balls to her goal, while junior Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Roddy made eight saves for Brown and Dabbar recorded nine for the Lions.

Brown continues action Sunday afternoon when it hosts Manhattan in a 1:00 pm non-conference contest.

Pictured: Lindsay Minges '13. Photo by DSPics.net.