Providence Edges Bears, 3-2, in Overtime

PROVIDENCE, RI – Senior Bridget McNamara (Bethesda, MD) scored her second goal of the season to tie the score at 2-2 early in the second half, but the Friars (4-11) would score 10:29 into the first overtime to earn a 3-2 win over the Brown field hockey team (3-10) on Tuesday evening at Lennon Family Field.

Brown wasted little time in taking a 1-0 lead, as freshman Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) scored her third of the year just 1:27 after the opening whistle. Freshman Haley Alvarez (Martinsville, NJ) started the play with a beautiful cross from the right side that went straight to Christus in front. Christus settled the ball and beat Shannon DiStefano with a reverse to the left side, giving Brown a 1-0 lead.

The Bears would outshoot Providence, 5-4, during the first half, but the Friars scored on their first two corners of the game to grab a 2-1 lead at the 22:44 mark. Hillary Anderson scored the first one on a one-timer from the left post, tying the game at 11:41. Almost exactly 11 minutes later, Henni Tietze scored on a direct shot on a corner, giving the hosts a 2-1 lead.

Brown fought back and tied the game at 39:38 on a corner of its own. After stopping the ball for Christus, senior Laura Iacovetti (Blue Bell, PA) got the ball back on the left side and sent it in for McNamara, who one-timed her shot to the right side, scoring her second of the year.

Neither team was able to score in the remaining 30 minutes, as the score remained tied at 2-2 and the teams headed to overtime for the second year in a row. Brown had a series of chances throughout the first part of the extra period, including a breakaway by sophomore Avery Burns (Millersville, MD) that Kathi Weidman saved in a 78th minute and a near miss by freshman Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) a minute later.

Brown had a corner at the 79:01 mark, but could not get a shot off and the Friars countered, resulting in the game-winner by Steph Guglielmo, who dribbled into the circle, before shooting over freshman Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA).

For the game, Providence held a 13-10 advantage in shots and an 8-5 lead in penalty corners. McSweeney finished with six saves, while DiStefano and Weidman combined for six saves for the Friars.

Brown continues action on Saturday, October 22, when it travels to Ithaca, NY to face Cornell in a 12:00 noon contest.

Pictured: Clayton Christus '15. Photo by DSPics.net.