March 13, 2009

Bears and Harvard Meet Up Saturday in the 2009 Ivy Opener

March 13, 2009

The Brown women's lacrosse team will host Harvard in the 2009 Ivy League opener for both squads this Saturday. The game is the third contest in a series of games for the month of March that the Bears will alternate playing home and away. Brown and Harvard have met 34 times dating back to April 26, 1975 with the Crimson holding a 26-8 advantage in the all-time series. Brown's last victory over Harvard came in 2004, as the Bears posted a 10-9 win in a game played in Cambridge. The Crimson have now won four straight games, including a pair of one-goal decisions in each of the past two seasons. Last year, Harvard came from behind to post a 14-13 win, scoring three of the final four goals of the game. Brown was led by Lauren Vitkus '09, who had three goals and two assists, while Jesse Nunn '09 added four goals and Alexa Caldwell '11 notched three goals and an assist.

Last Time Out
Brown dropped a mid-week game at Boston College, 13-5, as the Eagles opened up an 8-4 game with four straight goals during the middle part of the second half. Brown was led by freshman Kaela McGilloway with two goals and an assist, while seniors Kelly Robinson (2g) and Bethany Buzzell (1g) also scored. Freshman Isabel Harvey recorded seven saves in net, while sophomores Paris Waterman and Tori Conway each had two caused turnovers to help lead the defense. Waterman also had a team-high three draw controls, while Buzzell earned a team-high two ground balls.

Scouting Brown
Brown is 2-2 on the season, having alternated wins and losses. The Bears are led by senior Jesse Nunn, who has 7 points (6g, 1a) in two games, while freshman Kaela McGilloway adds 7 points on five goals and two assists. Senior Kelly Robinson shares the team-lead for goals with Nunn (6), while junior Molly McCarthy leads the Bears with four assists. Brown has had 12 different players register at least one point this season, while 10 different players have scored at least one goal, as the Bears have done a good job of spreading the offensive load around. Senior Lauren Vitkus leads Brown with 11 ground balls and nine draw controls, while junior Kiki Manners leads Brown with eight caused turnovers. Freshman Isabel Harvey has played every minute in net and has recorded a 10.50 GAA with a .432 save percentage.

Scouting Harvard
Like Brown, the Crimson are 2-2 on the season, having alternated wins and losses to start the season. Harvard opened the year with a 13-10 victory over Holy Cross, before falling to UMass, 13-12, The Crimson then posted a 15-10 win over Quinnipiac, and most recently fell to #13 UNH, 11-9, in overtime. Saturday's game marks the first away game for Harvard since the season-opener at Holy Cross on February 21, as the Crimson have played three straight at home. Harvard is led by Jess Halpern, who has 18 points (15g, 3a), while Kaitlin Martin (10g, 4a) and Sara Flood (8g, 6a) each add 14 points. Harvard has nine different players with at least one point, all of whom have also scored at least one goal. Kerry Clark has played the majority of time in net for Harvard, posting a 10.89 GAA with a .406 save percentage. Tyler Petropulous leads the Crimson in the other three major statistical categories with 10 ground balls, 17 draw controls, and six caused turnovers.