WORCESTER, Mass. – A six goal outburst in the second half helped the Brown women's lacrosse team (5-0) rally for a 9-6 victory over Holy Cross (3-5) on Tuesday to remain undefeated this season. Despite a season-high 17 turnovers, the Bears were able to regroup and improve to 16-2 in the all-time series between the two schools.
Kellie Roddy (Poway, Calif.) stopped eight Crusader shots as she improved to 5-0 this season while Sarah Weber took the loss for Holy Cross – dropping to 3-5 this season.
A surprising opening half saw the Crusaders notch the game's first three goals as the Bears struggled to find offense in the first 20 minutes. Janie Gion (Northfield, Ill.) got Brown on the board with 11:13 left in the half before Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) added her team-leading 13th goal of the season to cut the Holy Cross lead to 3-2.
Maddie Ward and Avery Giorgio's goals gave the Crusaders a three-goal cushion once again before Kerianne Hunt's (Alamo, Calif.) marker with 22 seconds left brought the Bears within two. Roddy gave the Bears a pivotal stop right before the half, as she stoned Tess MacKay on a clear breakaway with seconds to play.
Three goals in a span of three minutes early in the second half gave Brown its first lead of the night at 6-5. Hudgins converted on a free position shot before Ali Kim (Burlingame, Calif.) and Hunt netted goals to give them the lead with 23:50 remaining.
Freshman Natalie Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) gave the Bears some insurance with her first collegiate goal off a free position shot. MacKay's man-up goal brought the Crusaders back within one, but Brown was able to shut the door on Hudgins' third goal of the game off a feed from Gion with 12:25 left. After scoring two goals in the season opener against Iona, Hudgins has now recorded a hat trick in four consecutive games for the Bears.
Brown will return to action on Saturday as they play host to Central Connecticut State on Stevenson Field at 1 p.m.