April 21, 2006
The Bears will travel to Harvard to take part in the Northern Championships this weekend. Seeded second Brown finished out the season with a 5-2 record only falling to undefeated Hartwick twice. The Bears will open the tournament on Saturday against Queens College at 12:30 and later play Connecticut College at 7:30.
After a challenging first half of the season where Brown posted a 1-9 record, having eight of its losses come to Top 20 opponents, the Bears seemed to have shaken out the cob webs, going10-6 in its last 16 games. Brown's steady improvement was shown in its past match-up with Michigan two weeks ago. In an earlier match-up with the Wolverines Brown fell 12-2, but just two weeks ago, the Bears and Michigan battled to a 9-9 tie after regulation before Brown fell in overtime. The Bears have built up some momentum after their fifth place finish at the ECAC Championships and have beat rival Harvard all three times the two have met this season.
Brown's offensive power has come from juniors Paige Lansing, Elizabeth Balassone, Karlyanna Kopra, and Caitlin Fahey. The four lead the Bear's in scoring, combining for 109 goals. Sophomore Anne Deggelman has been Brown's defensive anchor, making 154 saves on the year including a 16 save performance against Michigan on April 9. Sophomores Ally Wyatt and Alexis Blaxberg, along with freshman Rory Stanton are providing valuable minutes this year. The women are looking to have a strong showing at the Northern Championships as well as hosting the Eastern Championships on April 29-30th.
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