FAIRFIELD, CT – Sophomore Torie Stearns (Rye, NY) scored two goals, her second one coming just 36 seconds after Fairfield had come to within 2-1, to help lead the Brown field hockey team (3-8) to a 3-1 win over the Stags (8-5) on Sunday afternoon. Both of Stearns' goals were scored in the game's final six minutes, while senior Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) gave Brown an early lead with her second of the year to help lead the Bears' to their second straight win.
Brown came out of the gates with urgency, as freshman Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) tested Fairfield's Maddy Sposito with a pair of shots less than two minutes into the game. On their first corner of the afternoon, Taft gave Brown a 1-0 lead when she put away a pass from senior Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) at the 10-yard line for her second of the year. That assist gave Springmeyer 87 career points, as she tied Brown's all-time career points record, held by Tara Mounsey '00.
The Stags would hold Brown without a shot for the remainder of the half, and despite taking eight shots of their own, could not find the back of the net, thanks to two saves by freshman Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) and six blocked shots by the Bears' defense.
Fairfield continued to attack throughout the second half, building a 19-8 advantage in shots and a 13-3 lead in penalty corners for the game. However, Stearns scored her first of the afternoon when she converted a pass from sophomore Avery Burns (Millersville, MD), who tallied her team-leading seventh assist of the season, at the 64:24 mark. With seven assists, Burns moved into 10th all-time at Brown for assists in a season.
In a wild finish to the game, Lindsey Hatch ended Brown's shutout bid just 3:40 later to bring Fairfield to within 2-1, but Stearns answered just 36 seconds later at 68:40 to account for the 3-1 final. Taft picked up an assist on Stearns' second goal.
For the game, McSweeney finished with seven saves, while Sposito made three for Fairfield. Brown's defense also blocked an additional five shots in the second half to finish with 11 total.
Brown continues action on Saturday, October 15, when it hosts Ivy rival Princeton in a 12:00 noon game at Warner Roof.
Pictured: Torie Stearns '14. Photo by DSPics.net.