Brown (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) vs. Iona (0-0, 0-0 MAAC)
Saturday, Feb. 22 – 1 p.m.
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Brown (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) vs. Sacred Heart (0-0, 0-0 NEC)
Sunday, Feb. 23 – 1 p.m.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Head Coach Keely McDonald '00 and the Brown women's lacrosse team open the 2014 campaign with back-to-back games versus Iona and Sacred Heart this weekend at Stevenson Field. The Bears are coming off a 9-6 season in 2013 which included a thrilling 9-8 double overtime victory over USC on March 22.
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Sarah Bell - Honorable Mention All-American, Captain and Recipient of Coaches' Award (2013); Selected to play in the NE Prep School All-Star Game (2012 & 2013); Played for NH/VT in the National Tournament; Lakes Region Championship (2011 & 2012).
Riley Christopher - Unsung Hero Award (2011); All-League, Honorable Mention All-American, All-Academic, and Honorable Mention All-Met after leading her team in points (2012); Co-Captain, Honorable Mention All-Met and ranked among the top five in assists in Washington, DC area (2013).
Natalie Fox - All-American and Captain (2013); Academic All-American, All-State and All-Conference (2012 & 2013); Honorable Mention All-American (2012); State Champions (2010 & 2013).
Kerianne Hunt - US Lacrosse Magazine Western Region Player of the Year, Bay Area Newsgroup HS Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year and East Bay Athletic League Player of the Year (2013); All-American (2011-2013); Academic All-American (2011-2013); EBAL First Team All-League (2011-2013); Captain (2012 & 2013); EBAL Second Team All-League (2010); Under Armour Western Region All-Star Team (2012); North Coast Section Girls Lacrosse Champions (2011-2013); NCS Scholar-Athlete Award (2010-2013).
Ali Kim - Captain and League Co-MVP (2013); First Team All-American and Academic All-American (2012 & 2013); Team MVP (2011-2013); First Team All-League (2011 & 2012); Second Team All-League (2010).
Mollie Lane - VISAA First Team All-State, ISL All-League and captain (2013); ISL League Champions (2011 & 2013); ISL Tournament Champions (2011-2013); Virginia State Champions (2011-2013).
Jillian Lee - Captain; LI Metro Team; All-County; Academic All-American.
Sarah Peters - Dual County All-Star; US Lacrosse Academic All-American; Lower New England Team.
TOP SCORERS RETURN
The Bears welcome back five of their top-six goal scorers from 2013. Bre Hudgins (36), Abby Bunting (32), Janie Gion (18), Grace Healy (13), and Danielle Mastro (12) will lead an offensive attack that averaged 11.13 goals per game last season.
Brown finished 22nd overall in the nation last season in scoring defense, surrendering just 8.93 goals per game.
SCOUTING THE GAELS
Iona also opens up its season on Saturday as head coach Michelle Mason begins her sixth season at the helm. Saturday marks the first meeting between the two schools as Brown looks to record its second consecutive opening day victory. The Gaels return attacker Mary Kate McCormick (20 goals, 13 assists) and midfielder Meghan Testoni (11 goals, 7 assists) as they look to improve on a 4-12 record from 2013.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Sunday marks the 8th meeting between the two schools with Brown claiming all of the previous seven contests, including a 15-5 win the most recent meeting on April 14, 2012. Sacred Heart returns leading scorer Shelby Vaccaro (36 goals, 21 assists) as they try to improve on a 6-9 record from 2013.
Brown opens up Ivy play next Saturday as they pay a visit to the Lions of Columbia at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium.