March 24, 2009

Bears Drop Heartbreaker to Oregon, 10-9

March 24, 2009

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - Trailing 9-7 with 3:57 remaining, the University of Oregon (7-2) stretched its winning streak to six games by scoring the final three goals of the game, including two in the final 1:46, to edge the Brown women's lacrosse team (4-3), 10-9, in a come-from-behind win. Freshman Katelyn Caro (Andover, MA) led the Bears with four goals, while classmate Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) also had four points with two goals and two assists.

Things started slowly for both teams, as both the Bears and the Ducks were patient on both sides of the ball, while waiting for good opportunities to score. Brown scored the first of the game when McGilloway found senior Jesse Nunn (Worton, MD) for her 12th goal of the year 7:40 into the game.

The Ducks responded two minutes later when Jess Drummond connected on a free position shot at 9:46, tying the score at 1-1.

However, over the next 10 minutes, it was all Brown, as the Bears scored five straight goals to build a 6-1 lead with 10:56 remaining in the half. Caro opened the scoring spree with an unassisted goal at 13:42 and McGilloway followed 50 seconds later, scoring off a feed from junior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA). Senior Kelly Robinson (Marlton, NJ) then scored on an 8-meter shot at 17:01 and sophomore Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) became the fourth different Brown scorer to find the back of the net during the 10-minute run, when she connected on a feed from McGilloway at the 18:11 mark. Caro closed the run 53 seconds later with her second of the game, as Brown held a 6-1 lead.

Ilsa van den Berg halted Brown's momentum just 52 seconds after Caro's goal and then Catherine Davidson closed out the first-half scoring at 22:32, as the Bears led, 6-3, at the break.

McGilloway's second goal of the game, assisted by senior Callie Lawrence (Denver, CO) increased Brown's lead to 7-3 just 4:40 into the second half, but the Drummond twins began to chip away at the advantage when Jana Drummond scored back-to-back unassisted goals at 7:40 and 11:28 to bring the Ducks to within 7-5.

Caro regained a three-goal lead for Brown with her third of the game at 13:19, but Oregon got one goal each from Jess Drummond and her sister to claw to within one goal, 8-7, at 14:17.

Neither team could score over the next 12 minutes, but another Caro goal with 3:57 remaining gave Brown a 9-7 lead. However, the Drummond sisters both found the back of the cage once over the next 2:11, to tie the game at 9-9 with 1:46 left to play.

The Ducks won the ensuing draw control and then van den Berg lifted the visitors to the win when she connected on a free position attempt with 62 seconds left.

Draw controls proved to be a huge difference in the game, as the teams were tied, 5-5, in the first half. However, Oregon was able to come up with 10 of the 11 second-half draw controls, including several late in the game, helping to secure the Ducks come-from-behind win.

Senior Noelle DiGioia (Pittsburgh, PA) led the Bears with two caused turnovers and two draw controls, while freshman Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) recorded six saves in net.

Brown continues action on Saturday, March 28th, when it travels to Hanover, NH to face Dartmouth in a 1:00 p.m. game.