April 24, 2009

Bears to Face Princeton in Final Road Game of the Season

April 24, 2009

The Brown women's lacrosse team travels to Princeton, NJ for its final road game of the 2009 season. The Bears will look to rebound from a current three-game skid, as they have lost to Cornell (12-9), Quinnipiac (11-6), and Penn (14-4) during this time. Saturday's meeting with the Tigers marks the 31st game in the all-time series, which Princeton leads, 27-3. The Tigers won the first six meetings before Brown posted a 9-8 win in 1986. The Tigers have won the last 18 straight, including a 15-2 victory in 2008. Last year, Brown's goals were scored by Lauren Vitkus '09 and Callie Lawrence '09, while Justine Lupo '08 tallied one assist. Paris Waterman '11 and Kiki Manners '10 each had two caused turnovers, while Brittany Boulanger '11 and Krystina DeLuca '09 each had two draw controls. Melissa King '08 recorded 17 saves in net.

Scouting Brown
Brown is 6-7 on the season and 2-3 in the Ivy League with two more League contests to play. The Bears dropped a 14-4 decision to #3 Penn last Saturday, but played a strong first half against the Quakers, which ended with Brown holding a 2-1 lead at the break. Penn came out of halftime with a sense of urgency and scored four straight goals to take a 5-2 lead. Brown closed the gap to 5-3, but that was as close as the Bears would get, as Penn reeled off nine straight en route to the win. Brown's goals were scored by seniors Jesse Nunn and Kelly Robinson, and sophomores Paris Waterman and Alexa Caldwell. Freshman Isabel Harvey recorded 10 saves in goal.

Freshman Katelyn Caro leads the Bears with 28 points (24g, 4a), while classmate Kaela McGilloway is second on the team with 26 points (14g, 12a). Senior Jesse Nunn is right behind with 25 points (22g, 3a), while seniors Lauren Vitkus (17-2-19) and Kelly Robinson (16-1-17), junior Molly McCarthy (1-13-14), and sophomore Alexa Caldwell (11-1-12) also have reached double digits in scoring. Junior Kiki Manners continues to lead the Bears in caused turnovers, with 18, while Vitkus leads the Bears with 25 ground balls and 22 draw controls. Freshman Isabel Harbey has played the majority of time in net and has posted an 11.13 GAA with a .371 save percentage.

Scouting Princeton
Princeton enters its final Ivy League contest of the season in second place in the standings with a 5-1 record. The Tigers are 11-2 overall and ranked No. 5 in the Inside Lacrosse poll and No. 6 in the IWLCA poll. Senior Holly McGarvie is at the top of the scoring column with 40 points coming off of 24 goals and team-high 16 assists. She also leads the Tigers in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers. McGarvie has 40 ground balls, 41 draw controls and 28 caused turnovers. Sophomore Lizzy Drumm has contributed 36 points, and senior Kristin Schwab has 30 points off of a team-best 28 goals and two assists. Five other Tigers are in double digits in scoring. Senior defender Marie McKenna is at the top of the list behind McGarvie in ground balls with 34 and has caused 26 turnovers. Sophomore Erin Tochihara has an 11-2 record as the starting goalie. She has a .578 save percentage and a 7.03 goals against average, making 108 stops on 187 chances.