PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Danielle Mastro's four goals and two assists paced the Brown women's lacrosse team to a resounding 17-4 season-opening win over Iona on Saturday at Stevenson Field. The 17 goals were the most goals recorded in a game by the Bears since also netting 17 on March 20, 2012 versus Bryant.
After appearing in only eight games last season, sophomore Lauren Toy (Kentfield, Calif.) recorded a hat trick in the opener, converting on all three shots attempted on Saturday. Abby Bunting (Wellesley, Mass.), Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.), Kerianne Hunt (Alama, Calif.), and Grace Healy (Bellport, N.Y.) all potted two goals each for Brown.
Between the pipes, Brown got a strong performance from junior Kellie Roddy (Poway, Calif.) as she surrendered two goals and turned away five Gael shots to improve to 1-0 this season. Victoria Holland (Huntington, N.Y.) relieved Roddy in the second half while allowing two goals in the final 15 minutes of play.
Mastro opened the scoring just 1:35 into the game before Bunting, Hudgins, Hunt, and Healy each scored over a three-minute span to stake the Bears to an early 5-0 lead.
Iona responded on Meghan Testoni's marker at 21:38 to cut the Brown lead to 5-1, but the Bears countered with four unanswered goals, including Sarah Nesi's (Westport, Conn.) free position tally at 12:49. Mastro's back-to-back goals, including her third tally of the game, gave Brown a 9-1 lead with 6:39 to play in the half. Toy got on the board with just two seconds to play in the half for her first collegiate goal to give Brown a 10-2 halftime lead.
Brown extended its lead with six unanswered goals to start the second half, including Mastro's fourth of the game at 20:39 followed by Toy's hat trick marker at 19:41.
Julia Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) capped the scoring off a free position shot with 2:15 to play before Iona's Erin Pugh scored with just 31 seconds left to play.
Brown returns to action tomorrow to face Sacred Heart on Stevenson Field at 1 p.m.