Bears Edged by #18 Cornell, 9-7

ITHACA, NY – Trailing, 7-4, after the first half of play, junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) and senior Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) scored back-to-back goals to bring the Bears to within 7-6 with 19:04 remaining. However, Brown could not find the equalizer, as #19 Cornell (7-4, 3-3) outscored the Bears, 2-1, over the final 15 minutes and then held on for the win on Friday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The loss drops Brown to 9-3 overall and to 2-3 in the Ivy League, as the Big Red leapt over the Bears in the Ivy standings and now occupy the fourth and final spot for the Ivy League Tournament.

Brown was led by senior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY), who had two goals and an assist, and sophomore Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA), who also scored a pair of goals. In addition to Rooke and Hudgins, junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) also found the back of the net. 

The Big Red opened the game with two quick goals, as Caroline Salisbury and Lindsay Toppe found the back of the net just 1:30 part during the first three minutes of play.

Bunting got the Bears on the board at the 26:52 mark and then Healy scored just 50 seconds later to tie the game at 2-2. Minges capped Brown's three-goal run with her first of the afternoon to give the Bears a 3-2 lead at 24:56.

Sarah Hefner and Salisbury halted Brown's momentum with a pair of goals in less than a minute, as Cornell gained the lead, but Minges assisted a Bunting goal with 21:16 left in the half to tie the game at 4-4.

Kelly Lang put away a feed from Hefner less than two minutes after Bunting's goal, giving the Big Red a lead they would not relinquish. Goals by Toppe at 17:48 and Salisbury at 0:57 pushed Cornell's advantage to 7-4 at the break.

Hudgins sparked Brown's comeback attempt with her 30th goal of the season, scored with Cornell enjoying a player advantage, just three minutes into the second half. Rooke then brought the Bears to within 7-6 with 19:04 left in the game, but that was as close as Brown would come.

Lauren Halpern scored an unassisted goal with 15:48 remaining to increase Cornell's lead to 8-6. Minges answered for the Bears less than five minutes later to again close the deficit to a goal, but Lang's second of the afternoon with 4:59 left would account for the 9-7 final. 

The Bears had a late chance to make it a one-goal game for the 7th time, but Carely Gniewek made a big save on an attempt by Healy from just outside the crease with 1:45 remaining and Cornell was able to possess the ball to hold on for the win.

Junior Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) paced the Bears with three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Healy won seven of Brown's 11 draw controls, breaking her own record for draw controls in a season. She held the record with 51, set during her freshman campaign in 2011, and currently has 55 this year. 

Overall, the Bears won 11 draw controls to Cornell's seven and had seven caused turnovers to Cornell's six. Both teams took 17 shots and both sides earned 15 ground balls.  

Roddy finished with four saves, while Gniewek made six saves for the Big Red. Brown continues action on Sunday afternoon when it hosts #19 Boston College in a 2:00 p.m. game at Stevenson Field. 

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