March 7, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) scored the game-winning goal with 1:18 left in the game to break a 12-12 tie and lift the Brown women's lacrosse team (2-1) to a 13-12 victory over Albany (1-3) on Saturday afternoon at the Berylson Family Fields. Vitkus' goal came after Albany had scored twice in a span of five minutes to force the tie.
The two teams were back-and-forth for the majority of the game, which featured three lead changes and five ties. All of the lead changes came in the first 18 minutes of play, as sophomore Paris Waterman's (Newark, DE) first career goal broke a 2-2 tie and gave Brown a lead it would never relinquish. Though Albany would force three more ties in the score, two of which came late in the second half.
After freshman Katelyn Caro's (Andover, MA) free position goal gave Brown an early 1-0 lead just 1:23 in, Albany's Mel Rorie scored on back-to-back 8-meter shots at 3:44 and 7:28 to give the Great Danes a 2-1 advantage, their only lead of the game.
Freshman Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) connected for her third of the season off a feed from junior Kiki Manners (North Potomac, MD) at 11:23 to tie the game at 2-2 and then Waterman put the Bears on top for good, 3-2, at 18:34.
Albany's leading scorer, Kayla Best tied the score at 3-3 on another free position goal for the Great Danes at 20:33, but senior Kelly Robinson (Marlton, NJ) answered with back-to-back unassited tallies to push the score to 5-3 in favor of the Bears.
The Great Danes again responded with a free position goal at 24:32 to cut Brown's lead to 5-4, but the Bears answered with two straight goals, this time off the stick of sophomore Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE), the first assisted by Vitkus and the second assisted by senior Callie Lawrence (Denver, CO), as Brown held a 7-4 lead with 4:19 left in the half.
Albany scored the next two goals, both assisted by Christine Grueniger, the first of which closed out the first half with Brown leading 7-5, and the second of which closed the lead to one goal just 41 seconds into the second half.
However, Brown reeled off three straight goals over the next 6:30, to open up its biggest advantage of the day, 10-6. Caro played a role in all three goals, tallying two unassisted scores sandwiched around a goal by senior Bethany Buzzell (Middletown, MD), which was assisted by Caro.
Albany made it a 10-10 game at 12:48, scoring four unanswered goals in a span of 4:30. However, Brown responded with two goals of its own, as senior Krystina DeLuca (Hillsborough, NJ) connected on an 8-meter shot and Robinson finished a feed from junior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA), as the Bears held a 12-10 lead at 17:46.
Again, the Great Danes struck for two straight goals to force the fifth tie of the afternoon, scoring at 20:29 and again at 25:05.
With the score tied, 12-12, both teams had chances for the go-ahead goal and seemed to wait for the perfect opportunity. Brown found that golden moment on a play where McCarthy found Vitkus right in front of the net and she buried her shot from the middle of the eight, beating Albany keeper Katie Neer, stick-side.
The Great Danes had a chance to tie it late in the game, and were awarded a free position attempt with 16.4 seconds remaining. However, they had an extra player on the field, setting up a throw. Vitkus beat her opponent to the ball on the ensuing throw, securing the win for Brown.
Defensively, the Bears were led by Manners, who had three caused turnovers, while Waterman led Brown with three ground balls. Harvey picked up her second victory of the season with 10 saves.
The Bears continue action on Wednesday, March 11, when they travel to Boston College for a 4:00 p.m. contest.