PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A 13-goal, first half outburst, powered the Brown women's lacrosse team to an 19-6 victory over the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Sunday at Stevenson Field. The Bears improve to 2-0 this season while averaging 18 goals per game while the Pioneers fall to 0-1 in 2014.
Grace Healy (Bellport, N.Y.) led the Bears attack on Sunday with four goals on six shots and seven draw controls to keep the Pioneers on their heels all afternoon. Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) recorded a hat trick and an assist, including her 100th career goal while sophomore Lauren Toy (Kentfield, Calif.) notched her second hat trick in as many games.
Healy and Hudgins gave the Bears a quick 2-0 lead just four minutes into the game before Caitlin Delaney brought the Pioneers within one on a free position tally at 24:59. Brown responded in a big way with 13 unanswered goals over a span of 28 minutes to ice the game early. Healy's third marker of her natural hat trick gave the Bears an 8-1 lead before Danielle Mastro (Endicott, N.Y.), Toy, and Ali Kim (Burlingame, Calif.) struck before halftime.
Sacred Heart played Brown close in the final 30 minutes as they potted three out of four goals during a seven minute span midway through the half to cut the Brown lead to 16-4. Toy, Dianne Vitkus (Skaneateles, N.Y.), and Julia Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) concluded the Brown scoring before Alyssa Pierce added a marker for the Pioneers with just five seconds to play. Freshman Riley Christopher (Bethesda, Md.) recorded her first collegiate point on Vitkus' goal with 3:42.
Kellie Roddy (Poway, Calif.) improved to 2-0 this season as she surrendered one goal in the opening 30 minutes before giving way to Victoria Holland (Huntington, N.Y.). The sophomore netminder turned aside three shots while allowing five goals during the second half on Sunday.
The Bears open Ivy League play next weekend as they travel to New York to take on the Columbia Lions at 1 p.m.