Bears Open Season with 10-6 Win over Sacred Heart
Feb. 25, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT - The Brown women's lacrosse team (1-0) opened its 2009 season with a 10-6 win over Sacred Heart (0-1) on Wednesday afternoon in Connecticut. The Bears were led by senior Jesse Nunn (Worton, MD), who scored five goals and assisted another, as Brown outshot the Pioneers, 29-11 for the game.
Sacred Heart grabbed an early 2-1 lead, answering freshman Katelyn Caro's (Andover, MA) free position goal five minutes into the game with two straight goals 2:26 apart. Carissa Hauser scored a free position goal at 7:54 to tie the game and then Mary Montesarchio tallied an unassisted marker at 10:20 to give Sacred Heart a 2-1 lead. However, Nunn answered with four straight goals, all unassisted, that stretched into the second half for a 5-2 Brown advantage 1:56 after halftime.
Nunn evened the score at 1-1 with 13:33 remaining in the first half and then scored 44 seconds later to put Brown up, 3-2, a lead the Bears would not relinquish.
The Pioneers temporarily halted Brown's momentum 10:16 into the second half on a goal by Montesarchio, but the Bears answered with three straight goals over the next 11:32, starting with freshman Kaela McGilloway's (Sea Cliff, NY) first career goal at 13:55, on a free position shot.
McGilloway followed her first career goal by feeding Nunn for her fifth with exactly 14 minutes left to play. Nunn then helped give Brown an 8-3 lead by dishing to senior Kelly Robinson (Marlson, NJ) for a score with 8:12 left in the game.
The Pioneers looked to get back into the game, cutting Brown's lead to three, 8-5, with back-to-back goals at 22:59 and 26:22, but senior Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) answered 30 seconds later to regain a four-goal cushion for the Bears. Another Sacred Heart goal with 2:17 remaining made it 9-5, but Brown controlled the play for the final two minutes and junior Kiki Manners (North Potomac, MD) struck with 22 seconds on the clock for the 10-6 final.
Defensively, Brown was led by sophomore Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) and junior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA), who both had three caused turnovers, while Vitkus, Nunn, senior Noelle DiGioia (Pittsburgh, PA), and freshman Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) led Brown with three ground balls each. Manners, McCarthy, and Nunn each won two draw controls to lead the Bears on the circle.
In net, Harvey picked up her first career win with three saves. The Bears continue action on Saturday, February 28, when they host Hofstra in a 3:00 p.m. game at Berylson Family Fields. The Pioneers will stay at home when they return to action on Wednesday, March 4th playing host to Iona at 3:00 pm.