PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's lacrosse team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 9-4 win against Holy Cross at Stevenson-Pincince Field on Tuesday night. Sophomore Hafsa Moinuddin (Cheshire, Conn.) netted her second consecutive hat trick for the Bears while junior Mikaela Karlsson (Framingham, Mass.) made 10 saves in net.
Brown opened the contest with three-straight goals, with Moinuddin recording the game's first score for the second-straight contest (26:57). Junior Bri Irons (Wallingford, Pa.) gave the Bears a 2-0 advantage at 23:45 with her first goal of the season and junior Emma Dahle (Wynnewood, Pa.) added Brown's third score just 10 seconds later (23:35).
The Crusaders (2-2) got in the scoring column at 18:48 with a goal by Maddie Ward. Ward pulled Holy Cross within one (3-2) with her second-straight score on a free position shot at 15:15.
Sophomore Zoe Verni (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) broke the 10-minute scoring drought for both teams and gave the Bears a 4-2 lead at 5:16. Freshman Emma DeGennaro (Huntington, N.Y.) put in the final score of the half to give Brown a 5-2 lead going into the break.
Karlsson made five stops in the first while Julia Maloney of Holy Cross saved four shots.
The Bears held a commanding 7-1 lead in draw controls for the opening period and led in shots, 13-8. Brown was 0-for-1 on free position shots while Holy Cross was 1-for-5.
Brown opened the second half with two scores, the first coming from Moinuddin (man-up) at 27:36, and the second at 26:21 from Bri Irons, giving the Bears a 7-2 cushion.
Bryn Carroll got the Crusaders back on the board at 25:21 (7-3). Sophomore Grace Plassche (Clinton, N.J.) later halted Holy Cross' push with a goal at 18:40.
The Crusaders scored their final goal of the game at 16:08 when Audrey Mandaro tallied the score.
Moinuddin capped off the game's scoring and recorded a hat trick with her third goal at 3:18. Karlsson added five saves in the second while Maloney made three.
The Bears again held the shot advantage in the second, at 14-12. Holy Cross improved on draw controls and held a 5-2 lead in the second. Both teams were shutout on free position shots, Brown going 0-for-1 while Holy Cross was 0-for-5.
Monuddin (3G, 1A), Dahle (1G, 2A), Plassche (1G, 1A) and Irons (2G) all registered multi-point efforts.
Defensively, junior Marissa Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) scooped up seven ground balls and caused four turnovers. Senior Ali Kim (Burlingame, Calif.) added three caused turnovers and Kerianne Hunt (Alamo, Calif.) contributed two. Hunt also posted three draw controls.
Brown will next travel to Orlando, Fla. and play No. 20 Louisville in a neutral site game on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m.