Bears Host Quinnipiac Friday Afternoon

PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown continues its four-game homestand Friday afternoon with a 4:00 p.m. non-league contest against Quinnipiac at Stevenson Field. The Bears will then be off for a week and return to action on Friday, March 22nd, when they host USC in a 5:00 p.m. game. Following Tuesday's 13-4 win over Holy Cross, Brown is now 4-1 on the season.

Junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) currently leads the team in scoring with 20 points (16g, 4a), while sophomore Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) is second on the team with 13 points (12g, 1a). Senior Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) is third with 10 points (5g, 5a) and senior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) rounds out the Bears' top four scorers with eight points (7g, 1a). Brown has had eight additional players find the back of the net this year, while two more have earned at least one assist. Defensively, junior Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) leads the way with seven caused turnovers, while four other players have all caused four turnovers. Bunting leads the team with 13 ground balls, while sophomore Alyssa DiBona (Media, PA) is second with eight. Junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) continues her dominance on the draw and leads the team with 22 draw controls, while Hudgins is second with 21.  With 117 throughout her career, Healy is just five draw controls away from breaking Brown's career draw control record of 121, held by Bekah Rottenberg '03. Sophomore Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) has played the majority of time in the cage this season and has earned a .388 save percentage with an 8.44 GAA, stopping 26 of 67 shots.

Prior to Tuesday's game against Holy Cross, the Bears ranked third nationally with 15.75 draw controls per game, while Healy was 10th in the nation with 5.25 per game and Hudgins was 36th with 3.75 per game. Hudgins also ranked 38th with 4.0 points per game and 17th with 3.25 goals per game. Roddy's 9.78 GAA was 35th in the nation. 

Fans not making the trip to Providence can follow all the action via either live video ($8), live audio (free) or live stats (free).

LAST TIME OUT: Brown utilized a strong team effort on both sides of the field to earn a 13-4 win over Holy Cross on Tuesday afternoon, scoring at least 10 goals for the fifth straight game, while holding its opposition to only four goals for the second time this year. Senior Kasey Wagner (Southborough, MA) led five different Bears who all had at least two goals with her first career hat-trick. Senior Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA), junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) and sophomore Abby Buntgin (Wellesley, MA) all had two goals and an assist, and sophomore Alyssa DiBona (Media, PA) scored twice. Also contributing to the offense were senior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) and freshman Arianna Lanpher (Winter Park, FL), who both scored a goal, and freshman Dianne Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY), who tallied an assist. Senior Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA) and junior Marissa Dale (North Salem, NY) led Brown's defense with two caused turnovers each. Hudgins (six) and DiBona (three) led the Bears on the draw, as Brown won 14 draw controls to Holy Cross' five. Sophomore Kellie Roddy earned the win with six saves, allowing two goals, in 52:10, before giving way to freshman Victoria Holland (Huntington, NY), who stopped two shots, and allowed two goals, in 7:50.

ALL-TIME VS. QUINNIPIAC: Brown is 3-1 against Quinnipiac, dating back to the first contest between the two teams in 2005. The Bears have won two straight games, earning a 20-15 victory in Providence last season and a 16-11 win in Hamden in 2011. The Bobcats claimed their lone win in the series in 2009 (11-6).

LAST YEAR AGAINST QUINNIPIAC: Kaela McGilloway '12 and Bre Hudgins '14 (Syrcause, NY) scored four goals each to lead Brown against the Bobcats last season, while McGilloway added three assists to finish with seven points. Julia Keller '12 added three goals, while Danielle Mastro '14 (Endicott, NY) had two goals and an assist, and Lindsay Minges '13 (Rochester, NY) also scored two goals. After falling behind, 1-0, Brown scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead, before a pair of Quinnipiac scores tied the game at 3-3 just 7:31 into the game. Two Brown goals in a span of 31 seconds gave the Bears a 5-3 lead, but Quinnipiac outscored the Bears, 2-1, over a stretch of two minutes to stay within a goal, 6-5, with 17:54 remaining in the first half. Brown began to pull away with three straight goals to take a 9-5 lead with 12:56 on the clock, but Quinnipiac outscored the Bears, 4-1, during a stretch of four minutes to stay in the game, 10-9, with 6:24 left before halftime. The Bears scored the final three goals of the first half and the first of the second to gain some separation, leading 14-9 on Mastro's first of the game. The Bobcats came to within four goals, but Brown answered with two of its own to push the lead to 16-10 with 27:17 left to play. After Quinnipiac scored twice to come to within 16-12, Brown answered with three straight to hold a 20-12 lead with 12:25 left. Quinnipiac would outscore the Bears, 3-1, the rest of the way, but would never get closer than five goals. Brown held a 31-28 advantage in shots, led 15-13 in ground balls, and 21-16 in draw controls. Grace Healy '14 (Bellport, NY) led the Bears with eight draw controls, while six different players paced Brown with two ground balls each and two players had a team-high three caused turnovers. Kellie Roddy '15 (Poway, CA) played a complete game and recorded seven saves to earn the win.  

ABOUT QUINNIPIAC: The Bobcats enter Friday's game following a 16-4 loss at Fairfield on Tuesday afternoon, snapping a two-game winning streak. Quinnipiac is 2-3 on the season with losses to Yale (19-12) and UConn (20-6) coming prior to wins at Iona (13-12, 2ot) and at Vermont (12-11). Sophomore Kyra Ochwat leads the Bobcats with 14 points (12g, 2a), while senior Sarah Allen is second with 13 points (2g, 11a) and junior Michaela Tinsley is third with 12 points (11g, 1a). Senior Lianne Toomey rounds out the top four scorers with eight points, all goals, while eight other players have scored at least one goal. Senior Chelesa Guerrera paces the team with 13 draw controls, while freshman Maria Blois is second with 10. Allen, Blois and Guerrera each have a team-high eight ground balls, while Guerrera and senior Kiera Carey lead Quinnipiac with five caused turnovers each. Sophomore Samantha Tilts has started all five games in net and has a 13.85 GAA with a .424 save percentage, stopping 36 of 85 shots. Freshman Rachel Massicotte has appeared in three games in relief and has an 18.57 GAA with a .310 save percentage.

Pictured: Alyssa DiBona '15. Photo by DSPics.net.