DeLuca's Goal with 20 Seconds Left Lifts Bears to 10-9 Victory over Columbia

April 8, 2006

Box Score

NEW YORK, NY - Freshman Krystina DeLuca (Hillsborough, NJ) scored the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left to lift the Brown women's lacrosse team (4-6, 1-1) to a 10-9 win over Columbia on Saturday afternoon. It marked the third consecutive year that Brown has defeated the Lions with a goal in the final minute.

Columbia jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals scored just 35 seconds apart in the 13th minute. However, freshman Bethany Buzzell (Middletown, MD), who led Brown with four goals, struck at 16:24 to get the Bears on the board and sophomore Mimi DeTolla (Stony Brook, NY), who finished the day with three goals, tied the contest at 20:19.

The two teams each scored two more goals before the end of the half, with Buzzell and senior Kate Staley (Needham, MA) connecting for Brown, as the score was deadlocked at 4-4 at the break.

Buzzell connected on a free position shot to give Brown a 5-4 lead at 6:04 of the second half, but the Lions tied the game at 5-5 just 3:41 later. Back-to-back goals from DeTolla just 1:14 apart increased the Bears' lead to 7-5, but Brown was unable to pull away as Columbia responded with three straight goals to take an 8-7 lead with 7:28 remaining.

Junior Jen Redd (Towson, MD) knotted the game at 8-8 with a free position goal at 23:20 and Buzzell again gave Brown a lead (9-8) just 47 seconds later at 24;07.

The Lions tied the game for the final time with just 39 seconds left, but DeLuca was able to net the game-winner 19 seconds later, giving Brown its first Ivy win of the season.

Redd and senior goalie Jessica McNell (Darien, CT) led the Bears with four ground balls each, while senior Meg Sullivan (Garden City, NY) notched a team-high two caused turnovers.

McNell stopped six shots to earn the win in her first start of the season. Brown continues action on Saturday, April 15, when it hosts Cornell at 1:00 p.m.