O’Donnell’s Hat Trick and McSweeney’s 9 Saves Lead Bears Past Fairfield, 3-1

PROVIDENCE, RI – Sophomore Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) scored a natural hat trick and classmate Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) recorded nine saves to help lead the Brown field hockey team (3-6) to a 3-1 win over visiting Fairfield (6-6) on a rainy Sunday afternoon at the Bears' field hockey field.

Brown pressured from the opening whistle and needed just 2:48 to take a 1-0 lead. After an initial shot by junior Maggie Brady (Tulsa, OK) went wide of the cage, the Stags attempted to clear the ball. On the restart, O'Donnell picked off a Fairfield pass inside the circle, pulled goalie Casey Heely out of the cage and fired the ball behind her for her second of the season.

O'Donnell doubled Brown's lead just 15 minutes later when she picked up her own rebound and lifted it over Heely from point-blank range at 17:16.

O'Donnell capped her hat trick with 6:28 remaining in the half finishing off a beautiful transition. Following a Fairfield corner, the Bears countered up field, looking for a fast-break opportunity. Sophomore Liza Green (Providence, RI) started the play near the 50-yard line when she sent a long pass up the right sideline to freshman Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA). Rogers fed O'Donnell, alone in the center of the circle, with a beautiful cross and the sophomore one-timed the ball past Heely to give Brown a 3-0 lead at the break.

Fairfield attempted a comeback, scoring with just 2:40 left in the first half, but that was as close as the Stags would get, as McSweeney and the rest of the defense thwarted five second-half shots and seven second-half penalty corners from Fairfield.

For the game, Fairfield outshot Brown, 18-10, and earned 13 corners to the Bears' five. In addition to McSweeney's nine saves, freshman Galen Rohn (Darien, CT) recorded a defensive save. Heely made five saves for the Stags.

Brown continues action on Columbus Day, October 8, when it travels to Maine to face the Black Bears in a 12:00 noon contest.  

Pictured: Meghan O'Donnell '15. Photo by DSPics.net.