PROVIDENCE, RI - Sophomore Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ)
led four different goal scorers with four points, as the Brown
field hockey team (5-10) earned a 4-2 victory over Holy Cross
(4-13) on a raw and damp Tuesday afternoon at Warner Roof.
Holy Cross went ahead, 1-0, when Courtney Callahan scored on the Crusaders first shot of the game at 12:05. However, sophomore Kit Masini (Ann Arbor, MI) responded for Brown just 3:49 later with her sixth goal of the year at 15:54. Sophomore Laura Iacovetti (Blue Bell, PA) collected the ball at the top of the circle and found Masini slightly ahead of her with a short pass. Masini received the ball and fired a rocket from the top of the circle that beat Crusaders' goalie Kelly Casey to the left post.
Holy Cross would score in the 21st minute to go ahead, 2-1, but again Brown answered to tie the game. This time it was senior Whitney Knowlton (Columbus, OH), who found the back of the net on a Bears' corner. Springmeyer and senior Michaela Seigo (Annandale, VA) assisted the goal, which came at 29:05.
Despite getting outshot, 8-3, in the second half, the Bears were able to put two more goals behind Casey and sophomore Caroline Washburn (Pittsburgh, PA) stopped all four shots she saw in the final 35 minutes to come away with the decisive victory.
Junior Tacy Zysk (Walpole, MA) scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal when she gave Brown the lead for good just 3:36 after the break. Zysk started the play and finished on a perfectly executed give-and-go with Springmeyer. After bringing the ball up the right side, Zysk passed to Springmeyer in front of the goal, who immediately dished the ball back to Zysk for the easy tap-in.
Brown's final goal came with 9:26 remaining when Springmeyer finished a passing sequence that started with freshman Elara Mosquera (North Hampton, NH) in the midfield. After carrying the ball up the field Mosquera found sophomore Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) in the middle of the circle. Taft drew Casey out of the net and passed to Springmeyer on the right post, who tapped the ball behind Casey for the 4-2 final.
For the game, Brown outshot Holy Cross, 16-11, while each team had three corners. Washburn finished with five saves. Brown returns to action this Saturday, October 31, when it hosts Penn in a 12:00 noon Ivy League game, the final home game for the Bears' five seniors.