March 14, 2009

Bears Open Ivy Season with 12-8 Win over Harvard

March 14, 2009

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior Jesse Nunn (Worton, MD) paced eight different goal scorers for Brown with a game-high four goals and also added an assist to lead the Bears (3-2, 1-0) to a 12-8 victory over Harvard (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Berylson Family Fields. Freshman Katelyn Caro (Andover, MA), senior Bethany Buzzell (Middletown, MD), and junior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) also had multiple points in helping to lead the Bears in what was a total team effort for their Ivy opening victory.

The Bears came out on fire, scoring four straight goals in the first 8:07 and outscoring the Crimson, 7-1, in the first 20:48 of the game. Nunn started things with her first goal of the game just 1:11 in and senior Kelly Robinson (Marlton, NJ) followed just 1:22 later to give Brown a 2-0 lead at 2:33.

Caro deposited back-to-back goals, the first on a free position shot, at 3:51, as the Bears led, 3-0, before Harvard had even taken a single shot. Caro's second goal came at 8:07 and gave Brown a 4-0 lead.

Jess Halpern, who led all Harvard goal scorers with three, which all came in the first half, halted Brown's run with an unassisted tally for the Crimson at 9:21, but Nunn responded off a feed from McCarthy, who led all players with three assists, just 37 seconds later to increase the Bears' lead to 5-1 just 9:58 into the game.

Neither team scored over the next nine-plus minutes, but sophomore Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) connected on a free position shot at 19:30 and then McCarthy fed Nunn for the second time 1:18 later to increase Brown's lead to 7-1 with 9:12 left in the half.

The Crimson closed the half with three unanswered and unassisted goals, two by Halpern and one from Tyler Petropulous, as Brown's lead shrunk to 7-4 at the break.

Harvard stretched its consecutive goal streak to five with the first two of the second half, as Kairlin Martin's goal on an 8-meter shot made it a 7-6 game 2:10 after the break.

Buzzell and Martin then traded free position goals at 5:51 and 8:26, as Brown maintained its one-goal lead. Nunn's fourth of the game at 9:43 increased the Bears' lead to 9-7, but again Harvard responded to close the gap to one goal, 9-8, on Sarah Bancroft's second of the game, which came 11:21 into the half.

Freshman Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) answered for the Bears at 16:31, sparking a three-goal Brown run to close the game. Following McGilloway's goal, the Bears clamped down defensively and then played patient on offense, taking long possessions and waiting for the good scoring opportunities, which came when Nunn fed sophomore Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) with 6:24 remaining and when McCarthy passed to a wide-open Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) with 29 seconds left for the 12-8 final.

Senior Val Sherry (Baltimore, MD) led the defense with three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Robinson and Vitkus had five and four ground balls, respectively. Senior Noelle DiGioia (Pittsburgh, PA) won four draw controls for Brown, including one after Brown's 11th goal, which led to a four-minute possession for the Bears. Vitkus had two draw controls for the Bears, the first of which came right after Harvard' sixth goal and led to Brown going taking an 8-6 lead.

Freshman Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) recorded her third win of the season with eight saves, including a huge save on a free position attempt by Harvard's Sara Flood that would have made it a 10-9 game with 11:10 left to play. Vitkus was able to scoop up the ball, allowing Brown to clear and take the 11-8 lead on the ensuing offensive possession.

The Bears continue action next Saturday, March 21, when they travel to Storrs, CT to take on UConn in a 1:00 p.m. game.