Bears Narrowly Fall to #6 Princeton, 8-7

April 25, 2009

Box Score

PRINCETON, NJ - Senior Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) tied the score at 6-6 with 7:11 remaining in the game, but the Tigers netted two straight goals in a span of 41 seconds as #6 Princeton (12-2, 6-1) earned an 8-7 win over the Brown women's lacrosse team (6-8, 2-4) on Saturday afternoon. Senior Kelly Robinson (Marlton, NJ) led the Bears with four goals, while Vitkus added three.

Princeton quickly got itself on the scoreboard when Anne Murray wrapped around the left post and found the net at 29:33. Christine Casaceli made it 2-0 at 23:51 with a free-position goal.

Robinson scored her first of the afternoon on an eight-meter attempt at 21:31. In fact, the first three goals from the Bears came by way of free-position attempts, as Vitkus added an eight-meter goal at 2:51, to make it 3-2. Prior to the goal Holly McGarvie set up sophomore Lizzy Drumm for a goal at 8:21.

Princeton added two more goals to start the second half to increase its lead to 5-2. Schwab fired in a shot from the near post 2:27 after halftime, and Casaceli scored her second of the day three minutes later for the three-goal lead.

Robinson added another free-position goal at 21:36, with Casaceli answering with her third of the day at 17:36.

Vitkus sparked a three-goal run for Brown at 13:34 when she made her way through traffic and found the back of the net to make it 6-4. Robinson put in a low shot to make it 6-5 at 8:42. Freshman Katelyn Caro (Andover, MA) then set up for a free-position attempt just over a minute later but made the pass off to Vitkus who put the ball away to even the game at six apiece.

Following a Tiger timeout, the squad won the draw control and Casaceli gave Princeton the lead for good with 6:14 remaining. McGarvie then gave the Tigers an 8-6 lead just 41 seconds later and Robinson scored her fourth of the game with 2:36 remaining for the 8-7 final.

The Bears had the ball with less then a minute remaining after sophomore Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) caused a Princeton turnover, but Erin Tochihara made a save on a shot by Robinson with 36 seconds remaining and the Tigers held on for the victory.

Princeton had a 24-19 advantage in shots, had 21 ground balls to Brown's 15, and had a 10-6 edge in draw controls. Freshman Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) recorded 11 saves in net for the Bears.

Brown returns to action on Wednesday night, April 29, when it hosts Yale in a 7:00 p.m. game.