March 5, 2005

Bears Fall to Holy Cross, 6-5, in Season Opener

March 5, 2005

Box Score

Providence, RI - Junior co-captain Kate Staley (Needham, MA) scored three goals for the Brown women's lacrosse team (0-1), but it wasn't enough, as Holy Cross (1-2) prevailed, 6-5, on Saturday morning at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The marked head coach Keely McDonald's '00 debut as the Bears' coach.

The two teams traded scoring chances to open the game, but Holy Cross was the first to strike when Carolyn Smirti found the back of the net 9:36 into the half. Less than two minutes later, the Crusaders increased their lead to 2-0 with a free position goal at the 11:01 mark.

Sophomore Jen Redd (Towson, MD) brought Brown to within one goal at 14:59 with her first of two goals, but the Crusaders answered 10 minutes later, at 24:34 to take a 3-1 lead heading into the break.

Holy Cross opened the scoring in the second half, just 1:24 in, but Redd notched her second of the game on a free position shot to close the gap at 4-2.

Smirti and Staley traded goals at 10:00 and at 14:09, respectively, and then Staley tallied a free position goal at 16:18 to bring the Bears to within one goal, 5-4. However, Holy Cross scored the eventual game-winner at 27:52, taking a 6-4 lead.

Staley added her second free position goal of the game with 1:37 left to play, but after the Crusaders won the ensuing draw control, they held onto the ball and ran out the clock, despite several attempts by the Bears to regain possession.

In goal, senior co-captain Julia Southard (Manhasset, NY) recorded five saves for the Bears, who continue action on Tuesday, March 8, when they host Quinnipiac at 3:30 p.m.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE AT PROVIDENCE, RI
Holy Cross (1-2) 3 3 -- 6
Brown (0-1) 1 4 -- 5

Scoring
HC Goals - Carolyn Smirti 3, Trish Sutton 3.
HC Assists - None.
Brown Goals - Kate Staley 3, Jen Redd 2.
Brown Assists - None.

Saves
HC - Megan Orr (60:00 MP), 5 GA, 17 saves
Brown -- Julia Southard (60:00 MP), 6 GA, 5 saves
Shots Ground Balls
HC -- 14 HC -- 17
Brown -- 34 Brown - 37

Half Time TM Goal (Assists) Score
1 9:36 H Smirti 0-1
1 11:01 H Sutton (Free Position) 0-2
1 14:59 B Redd 1-2
1 24:34 H Sutton (Free Position 1-3

HALFTIME - Holy Cross 3, Brown 1

2 31:24 H Sutton 1-4
2 36:35 B Redd (Free Position) 2-4
2 40:00 H Smirti (Free Position) 2-5
2 44:09 B Staley 3-5
2 46:18 B Staley (Free Position) 4-5
2 57:52 H Smirti 4-6
2 58:23 B Staley (Free Position) 5-6

FINAL SCORE - Holy Cross 6, Brown 5