PROVIDENCE, RI – Sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to help lead the Brown field hockey team (2-1) to a 4-2 win over Colgate (1-4) Saturday afternoon at the new field hockey field.
The Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead just 11:39 into the contest when freshman Hannah Rogers (Mountain View, CA) took a long pass from junior Torie Stearns (Rye, NY) on the right wing, dribbled into the circle, and beat Amanda DiDomizio with a strong shot to the left corner.
Brown doubled its lead just 11 minutes later when Christus scored a highlight-reel worthy goal for her first of the season. Christus picked up a loose ball at the top of the circle and dribbled towards her left, before beating DiDomizio with a reverse sweep to the top left corner of the net at 22:26.
The Raiders got one back 5:53 into the second half when Meredith Gibson tipped a shot from Lauren Dittman past sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) on a penalty corner.
However, Christus regained the two-goal lead for the Bears just 2:05 later when she tallied her second of the game. Senior Kelley Harrison (Houston, TX) sent the ball into the circle from the 25-yard line right to Christus at the top of the circle. Christus dribbled to her left, moved the ball back to her forehand and sent a rocket past DiDomizio to the right side of the net.
Junior Charlotte Small (Summit, NJ) increased Brown's lead to 4-1 less than 10 minutes later when she connected for her first goal of the season. Following a Brown corner, freshman Katelynn Mudgett (Burlington, CT) fired a shot to the left side and Small was on the post to deflect it past DiDomizio at the 51:49 mark.
Colgate's Halle Biggar scored the final goal of the contest with 9:17 remaining to account for the 4-2 final score.
Brown outshot Colgate, 20-14, while the Raiders held an 8-7 advantage in penalty corners. McSweeney recorded six saves, while junior Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, PA) had a defensive save.
For Colgate, DiDomizio made four saves, allowing all four goals, in 53:59, before giving way to Caitlin Zolet, who made four saves in the final 16:01. Adriana Libutti had a defensive save for the Raiders.
After playing three straight contests on its new field, Brown travels to Bryant for its first contest away from Providence, Friday evening at 7:00. The Bears Ivy opener against Columbia is slated for Sunday, September 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the new field hockey field.
Pictured: Clayton Christus '15. Photo by DSPics.net.