Women's Lax Battles Bryant for the Ocean State Cup on Tuesday
Brown (7-2, 2-1 Ivy) vs. Bryant (6-2, 0-0 NEC)
Tuesday, Apr. 1 – 4 p.m.
Bryant Turf Complex
Live Stream: NEC FrontRow
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After a heartbreaking Ivy loss to Dartmouth on Saturday, the Brown women's lacrosse team looks to rebound against in-state rival, Bryant, on Tuesday at Bryant's Turf Complex. The teams will vie for the 5th Annual Ocean State Cup beginning at 4 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Eight second half goals rallied Dartmouth (5-4, 2-1 Ivy) past the Brown women's lacrosse team (7-2, 2-1 Ivy), 10-9, on Saturday at Stevenson Field in a crucial Ivy matchup.
Kellie Roddy (7-2) hung tough for the Bears as she turned away seven shots while Kristen Giovanniello also stopped seven in the win to improve to 5-4.
Despite three goals from Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.), the Bears let leads of 5-0 and 8-4 slip away against a pesky Dartmouth squad. Leading 7-4, the Bears lost co-captain Erin Roos (Wilmette, Ill.) for the remainder of the game after her second yellow card of the match with 23:10 to play. From that point on, Dartmouth took control of a shorthanded Brown defense, scoring six of the next eight markers, including Liz Calby's four tally of the game with just 14 seconds left to put the visitors up for good.
Danielle Mastro (Endicott, N.Y.) led the Bears with a career-high four assists to run her team-leading total to 18 on the season.
THE SERIES HISTORY – BRYANT
Brown is 5-0 all-time versus the Bulldogs, including a 12-9 win at Stevenson Field last season. Abby Bunting and Grace Healy netted hat tricks, while Janie Gion, Bre Hudgins, and Danielle Mastro each potted two goals in the win.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Bryant enters Tuesday's game winners of three straight and four of its last five overall, including a resounding 18-5 triumph over Quinnipiac last Thursday. Sophomore Lauren Descalzo paces the Bulldogs' attack with a team-high 21 goals while senior Lisa Vendel leads with 23 points (19-4-23). In goal, senior Brianna Watt has played in all 499:03 of action for Bryant this season, registering a 9.86 goals-against average and .406 save percentage. In two seasons under head coach Jill DePatris-Batcheller's tutelage, the Bulldogs have amassed a record of 16-10.
OCEAN STATE CUP RIVALRY RENEWED
Brown and Bryant will battle for the 5th Annual Ocean State Cup on Tuesday. Brown has swept the previous four cup battles against Bryant by a combined score of 62-24.
POINT STREAK CONTINUES
Despite having her 22-game goal streak snapped last Monday, Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) extended her point streak to 37-games after recording a hat trick versus Dartmouth on Saturday. Hudgins is three games shy of tying the Brown record for points in consecutive games held by Lauren Becker '87 (40).
DRAW CONTROLLING THE GAME
As a team, Brown tops the Ivy League with 130 draw controls (14.44 per game).
Junior netminder Kellie Roddy has backstopped the Bears defense in goal this season, ranking first in the Ivy League in both save percentage (.500) and goals-against average (7.15).
ROOS NOT GIVING AN INCH
Senior Erin Roos (Wilmette, Ill.) hasn't made life easy on opponents this season, ranking third in the Ivy League with 15 caused turnovers. Roos' absence was felt last Saturday after receiving her second yellow card of the match, as Dartmouth rallied for six goals after her disqualification.
SUCCESS IN SMITHFIELD
Brown has won both contests at Bryant's Turf Complex, averaging 18 goals per game dating back to the first meeting in 2010.
A DUAL THREAT
Mastro brings a balanced offensive attack for the Bears, as she leads the team in assists (18), including a career-high four helpers versus Dartmouth, and ranks fourth overall in the league with 35 points.
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The Bears will travel to Harvard on Saturday for a crucial league contest against the Crimson at Harvard Stadium. The game can be seen live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network beginning at 1 p.m.