April 15, 2006
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's lacrosse team (4-7, 1-2) stayed with #12 Cornell (8-2, 4-1) for the first 17:33 of the contest, but the Big Red scored nine straight goals, including six in the final 11:22 of the first half, to open up the game and hand the Bears a 17-8 loss on Saturday afternoon.
After nearly 10:00 of scoreless action, Cornell finally broke through the Brown defense and grabbed a 1-0 lead at 8:34 of the first half on a goal by Allison Schindler, who led all goal scorers with four goals.
Brown answered when senior Kate Staley (Needham, MA) connected on a free position shot just 2:08 later, but Cornell went up 2-1 less than two minutes later on a goal by Courtney Farrell.
Freshman Bethany Buzzell (Middletown, MD), who has now scored nine goals in three Ivy League games, tied the game at 2-2 with 12:27 left in the first half off a great transition play that started with freshman Noelle DiGioia (Pittsburgh, PA). Junior leading scorer Amie Biros (Bethesda, MD) earned an assist on the goal.
Following the tally, Cornell called a timeout and the Big Red responded with the final six goals of the first half, including two from Katherine Simmons. Cornell went up 11-2 after scoring the first three goals of the second half.
Brown then went on a 4-0 run to come to within 11-6, starting with a free position goal by freshman Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) with 18:40 left in the game. Biros, sophomore Mimi DeTolla (Stony Brook, NY), and Staley also scored in the run, which ended with Staley's second goal of the game with 15:15 left to play.
However, Cornell responded with four goals of its own to take a 15-6 lead with 6:51 left. Buzzell and Biros each added their second goals of the game to bring Brown to within 15-8, but the Big Red scored two more before the final whistle for the 17-8 final.
Senior Jessica McNell (Darien, CT) recorded eight saves in net, while Maggie Fava made six saves for Cornell.
The Bears will look to rebound on Wednesday, April 19, when they travel to Yale for a 3:00 p.m. contest.