October 26, 2010

Springmeyer & Taft Each Score Twice to Lead Brown Past Holy Cross, 4-1

 WORCESTER, MA – Juniors Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) and Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) each scored a pair of goals, while Springmeyer also added an assist to help lead the Brown field hockey team (4-11) to a 4-1 victory over Holy Cross (0-16) in the final non-league game of the season Tuesday evening.

Brown wasted little time in taking a lead, as Taft scored her first goal off a deflection just 10:59 into the game. Tafts goal would stand as the only score of the first half, as junior Lauren Kessler (Burtonsville, MD) recorded five saves during the opening 35 minutes, including three in the final minute of the opening half.

Springmeyer increased Brown's lead to 2-0, converting on a fast-break just 1:14 into the second half and then gave Brown a 3-0 lead just six minutes later when she beat Kelly Sotsky one-on-one for her ninth goal of the year.

The Crusaders would respond less than four minutes later, as Breezy Rush tapped in a feed from Megan Bourne at the 46:43 mark to get on the board.

Taft put the game away with just about 10 minutes remaining when she knocked in a feed from Springmeyer for her ninth goal of the year, as the junior duo has accounted for 18 of Brown's 30 goals this season.

For the game, Kessler finished with five saves, as Holy Cross held a 15-13 advantage in shots. Sotsky made four saves for the Crusaders with a pair in each half. Holy Cross also earned seven corners to Brown's four.

With the five-point night, Springmeyer moved from 4th to 3rd all-time at Brown in career goals (27), from 5th to 4th all-time in career assists (18), and from 4th to 3rd all-time for career points (72). With her four points, Taft moved from 12th to 10th all-time in career goals (18) and from 18th to 12th all-time in career points (40).

The Bears conclude the road portion of their schedule this Sunday when they travel to Penn to face the Quakers in a 12:00 noon Ivy League contest.

Pictured: Leslie Springmeyer '12. Photo by DSPics.net.