May 2, 2007
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's lacrosse team (4-11, 1-6) got four goals from senior Amie Biros (Bethesda, MD) and four assists from freshman Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA), but Harvard (5-11, 2-5) outscored the Bears, 7-5 in the second half, including four straight goals in a span of five minutes midway through the half, to earn a 12-11 victory on Wednesday evening at Stevenson Field. With the four assists, McCarthy moved into fourth all-time for assists in a season with 24, which is also just four shy of breaking in to the top-10 for assists in a career.
The Bears opened the game with three goals in the first 10:38 as sophomore Kelly Robinson (Marlton, NJ) scored off a feed from junior Mimi DeTolla (Stony Brook, NY) and Biros tallied two unassisted goals at 20:07 and 19:22.
The Crimson responded with three goals of their own to tie the game at 3-3 with exactly eight minutes left on Tara Schoen's first of five goals.
Freshman Meghan Markowski (Northport, NY) assisted Biros' fourth goal 44 seconds later and then McCarthy found Markowski 23 seconds after that to give Brown a 5-3 lead with 6:53 remaining in the half. Harvard answered at 3:31 and then the two teams traded one goal to end the half with Brown leading, 6-5.
The Crimson quickly tied the game at 6-6 just 1:22 into the second half, but goals by Robinson and DeTolla gave the Bears an 8-6 lead with 21:14 remaining, forcing Harvard to call a timeout.
Harvard came out of the huddle with new energy and reeled off four straight goals to grab a 10-8 lead at the midway point of the half. McCarthy then assisted back-to-back goals by Biros and DeLuca 50 seconds apart to knot the game at 10-10, but Schoen converted a free position shot with 9:11 left to give Harvard the one-goal lead.
With time winding down, sophomore Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) connected with DeTolla in front of the net and the Bears' second leading scorer buried her shot to again tie the game, 11-11 with 2:02 remaining.
The Bears had possession of the ball with less than a minute remaining, but Lauren Bobzin intercepted a Brown pass and Harvard was able to clear the ball and look for the last goal. A foul on a Brown defender gave the Crimson a free position shot with 28 seconds remaining, which Caroline Simmons converted for the 12-11 score.
Harvard won the final draw control and was able to hold onto the ball for the win.
Junior Melissa King (Pepper Pike, OH) recorded 13 saves for the Bears, who close out their season on Saturday, May 5, when they travel to Boston College for a 1:00 p.m. game.