PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the second half, to power the Brown field hockey team to its first win of the season by way of a 3-2 decision over Rider in non-conference action at Goldberger Family Field on Sunday. The Bears now stand at 1-1 on the season while the Broncs suffer their first loss of year and fall to 3-1.
Sophomore Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, Calif.) also potted a goal for the Bears and junior Liza Green (Providence, R.I.) picked up a pair of assists. Junior goalie Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, Mass.) made 13 saves for Brown and helped her squad limit Rider to just two goals despite the visitors out-cornering the hosts by a 10-5 margin.
It took nearly 20 minutes of play before either team could find the back of the cage, but O'Donnell put the Bears on the board first with a redirection hit off Green's pass at the 19:30 mark. Just over a minute later, Rider's Carlie Spaeder answered with the tying goal, but Brown quickly reclaimed the lead as Rogers flushed a second-chance tip in after a quick feed from freshman Jaclyn Torres (Andover, Mass.) at point blank range. The Broncs would not enter halftime trailing, however, as Melyssa Alonso scored at 28:57 to force a 2-2 tie that would stand up into intermission.
A staunch defensive effort in the second half proved just what the Bears needed as Rider outshot the hosts 12-6 in the period. Brown chose quality over quantity, however, and O'Donnell knocked in a second-chance opportunity off a penalty corner to give the Bears a 3-2 lead just 3:34 into the half. O'Donnell's second marker of the game proved the game-winner, and Brown outlasted Rider despite playing a player short for seven minutes and enduring five Bronc corners in the final 12 minutes.
The Bears return to action next weekend with a pair of non-league games at the University of Vermont in the Catamount Classic. Brown takes on the host Catamounts on Saturday at 2 p.m., and then battles Maine on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Video of Saturday's contest will be streamed live by NSNSports.net.