Bears Return Home to Host Harvard and Fairfield in Weekend Double-Header
PROVIDENCE, RI – After two straight games on the road, the Brown field hockey team (2-5) returns home to host Harvard and Fairfield in a weekend double-header. The Bears enter Saturday's Ivy contest against the Crimson following a 3-2 loss at Quinnipiac on Wednesday, their second consecutive 3-2 loss. Freshman Alexis Miller (North Caldwell, NJ) and junior Charlotte Small (Summit, NJ) each scored against the Bulldogs, while sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) earned a pair of assists. Sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) recorded three saves.
Brown fans not making the trip to Providence can follow the action online via live video and live stats. Links to both can be found below and in the field hockey schedule on BrownBears.com.
ABOUT BROWN: Brown comes into the weekend following a midweek loss at Quinnipiac on Wednesday. Sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) continues to lead the team in scoring, notching a pair of assists on Wednesday against the Bobcats to enter the weekend with 9 points (3g, 3a). Freshman Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA) is second on the team with 3-1-7 totals, while freshman Alexis Miller (North Caldwell, NJ) and junior Charlotte Small (Summit, NJ) are tied for third on the team with four points on a pair of goals. Sophomores Haley Alvarez (Martinsville, NJ) and Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA), and junior Maggie Brady (Tulsa, OK) have also scored a goal this year. Junior Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, PA) has a team-high three defensive saves, while Small adds two, and Christus and freshman Galen Rohn (Darien, CT) each have one. Sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) has played every minute in net and has a 3.57 GAA with a .725 save percentage, recording 66 saves on 91 shots.
LAST TIME vs. HARVARD: Harvard earned a 4-0 win over Brown in Cambridge last year, scoring three second-half goals to break open what was a 1-0 game. Four different players scored for the Crimson, while Cynthia Tassopoulos recorded 12 saves. Clayton Christus '15 (Bernardsville, NJ) led Brown with four shots, all on goal, while Shannon McSweeney '15 (Boxborough, MA) stopped nine shots in the Bears' cage.
ABOUT HARVARD: The Crimson enter Saturday's game following a 4-1 win over Bryant on Monday. The win snapped a five-game skid, during which Harvard fell to Sacred Heart (2-1, ot), Providence (3-0), Boston College (3-0), Yale (2-1, ot), and Penn (4-3). Harvard (2-5, 0-2) is led by sophomores Noel Painter and Caitlin Rea. Painter leads the team with nine points (4g, 1a), while Rea has six points (1g, 4a). In goal, senior Cynthia Tassopoulos has made five starts and junior Jenn Hatfield has started twice. Tassopoulos has a 1.74 GAA and a .816 save percentage, while Hatfield has a 2.49 GAA and a .750 save percentage.
LAST TIME vs. FAIRFIELD: In last year's meeting, Brown earned a 3-1 victory over the Stags on the strength of a two-goal game from Torie Stearns '14 (Rye, NY). Abigail Taft '12 also scored in the win, while Leslie Springmeyer '12, Avery Burns '14 (Millersville, MN), and Taft all had one assist in the win. After Taft's goal gave Brown a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute, neither team could find the back of the net over the next 50 minutes. Stearns' first of the game gave Brown a 2-0 lead at 64:24, sparking a stretch of four minutes during which the teams combined for three goals. Shannon McSweeney '15 (Boxborough, MA) made seven saves for Brown, while Maddy Sposito stopped three shots for the Stags.
ABOUT FAIRFIELD: The Stags (6-5) enter Sunday's contest following a 3-2 double overtime loss to New Hampshire on Friday. The loss was Fairfield's second straight after falling to Columbia, 4-3, last Sunday. Entering the game against the Wildcats, Felicitas Heinen was leading the team in scoring with 23 points (10g, 3a). Lindsay Hatch (4g), Shealyn Testa (3g, 2a) and Nikki McLucas (3g, 2a) were all tied for second on the team with eight points, while Molly Caffrey added five points (2g, 1a). Maddy Sposito had played all but 2:38 in the cage and had a 2.69 GAA with a .656 save percentage.
UP NEXT: Following Sunday's game against Fairfield, the Bears will travel to Maine next weekend to face the Black Bears in a 12:00 noon contest on Columbus Day.
Pictured: Maggie Brady '14. Photo by DSPics.net.