PROVIDENCE, RI – Sophomore Elara Mosquera (North Hampton, NH) scored her fourth goal of the season on a Brown penalty corner with 5:15 remaining in the game to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Brown field hockey team (6-11, 3-4) to a thrilling, 3-2 win over Yale (11-6, 5-2) on Saturday afternoon at Warner Roof.
With the win, the Bears close out the season with six wins, their highest win total since finishing the 2006 season with a 9-7 mark. Their three league wins puts them in a tie for fourth place in the Ancient Eight and is also the most Ivy League wins in a season since the 2005 team earned a 5-2 Ivy League record.
Senior Katie Hyland (Riegelsville, PA) played in her 68th consecutive game this afternoon, breaking the Brown record for games played in a career. She posted one assist against the Bulldogs, giving her 13 for her career, which ranks 9th all-time at Brown.
The Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead just 9:30 into the game when junior Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) scored on Brown's first shot on goal of the game. After a failed corner by the Bulldogs, the Bears quickly countered, taking advantage of the man-up situation developing.
Freshman Torie Stearns (Rye, NY) collected the ball on the left side and crossed it over to junior Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) in the right corner. Taft made a move to get around her defender and crossed the ball to Springmeyer, who had only the goalie to beat for her team-leading 11th goal of the year.
The lead was short-lived however, as Yale tied the score at 1-1 when Erica Borgo picked up a lose ball inside the circle on a Bulldogs corner and sent it to the far side at 11:25.
Brown responded less than 10 minutes later to go back on top, 2-1, at 20:19. Stearns sent the ball into the circle from the top left, hitting Taft with a perfect pass. Taft got around a Yale player and beat goalie Kate Bolling to the left side for her 10th of the year.
Again, Borgo answered for Yale, scoring on a play almost identical to her first goal. This time, instead of picking up a deflected ball, she took a pass from Georgia Holland at the left post and beat junior Lauren Kessler (Burtonsville, MD), tying the score at 2-2 at the 27:57 mark.
Both teams pressed for the go-ahead goal throughout the second half with Yale doubling the Bears up in shots, 14-7. Kessler was up to the task in the Brown net, stopping all six shots she faced, three of which came in the first five minutes of the half.
Finally, with just 5:15 left, Mosquera converted a pass from Hyland on one of two second-half Brown corners to give Brown the lead for good.
The Bears survived a late scare by Yale, which earned back-to-back corners with no time left on the clock. The Brown defense blocked a shot by Erin Carter, which led to the second corner and another shot by Carter, which went wide of the net, to secure the Bears' win.
In addition to Hyland breaking the Brown record for career games played, Springmeyer and Taft will enter their senior year ranked 2nd and 9th all-time at Brown with 29 and 19 career goals, respectively. The duo also currently stands 2nd (Springmeyer) and 11th (Taft) all-time with 76 and 43 career points, respectively. Hyland and classmate Tacy Zysk (Walpole, MA) finished their careers ranked 13th all-time at Brown with 41 career points each. This afternoon was also the final career game for fellow senior tri-captain Cassie Puhalla (Forty Fort, PA).
Overall, Brown was outshot, 21-14, and out cornered, 15-4. Kessler finished with six saves, while Bolling made six for Yale, including four in the second half.
Pictured: Abigail Taft '12. Photo by DSPics.net.