Brown Upsets #16 Harvard In Ivy League OpenerProvidence, R.I. - Forward Bekah Splaine's long shot from the outside just 43 seconds into the game proved all that was needed as Brown (6-0, 1-0) upset #16 Harvard (2-2, 1-1) 2-0 in the Ivy League Opener for the Bears at Stevenson Field Saturday night.
The Bears, who earned their fifth shutout of the season, immediately gained control of the ball in the opening minute and Kim Lanzire found Allyson Schwerdt who was wide open in the middle of the field. She fed the ball to Splaine, on the outside, who fired it past Harvard keeper Cheryl Gunther.
Lanzire, last week's Ivy League Player of the Week, added an insurance goal for the bears at the 25:55 mark. She booted a loose ball into the back of the net after it rebounded off Gunther following a Brown corner kick, its only corner kick of the first half.
This marks the fourth consecutive game, including three shutouts, in which Lanzire has scored and the second in the last three in which she has also tallied an assist.
The Brown defense, led by the goalkeeping tandem of junior Mary Jo Markle and freshman Sarah Gervais, played a strong game, as the Bears were outshot 20-10, 11-2 in the second half. The Crimson, last year's Ivy League Champion, also tallied 12 corner kicks, ten in the second half, to the Bears total of two. Markle stopped four Harvard shots in the first half, while Gervais tallied six saves in the second.
Gunther stopped 3 Brown shots for the Crimson in 90 minutes of action.
The Bears, ranked seventh in the Northeast Region, will continue their five-game homestand as they host Holy Cross on Wednesday September 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Stevenson Field.
Brown 2, Harvard 0 Harvard Crimson (2-2, 1-1 Ivy League) 0 0 -- 0 Brown Bears (6-0, 1-0 Ivy League) 2 0 -- 2
Scoring: B, Bekah Splaine (Kim Lanzire, Allyson Schwerdt) :43; B, Kim Lanzire 25:55. Saves: H, Cheryl Gunther 3; B: Mary Jo Markle 4, Sarah Gervais 6.
Shots: Harvard 20, Brown 10 Saves: Harvard 3, Brown 10 Corner Kicks: Harvard 12, Brown 2 Fouls: Harvard 4, Brown 9 Offsides: Harvard 0, Brown 0