PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fresh off the thrill of a dramatic overtime win at Ivy League rival Harvard last Saturday, the Brown field hockey team (4-5, 1-2 Ivy) opens up a four-game home stand on Wednesday when the Bears host Quinnipiac (6-5) in non-conference action at Goldberger Family Field at 4 p.m.
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Brown has lost two of the last three outings against the Bobcats, falling on the road last season, 3-2. Junior Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, N.J.) lifted the Bears to their last win over Quinnipiac when, as a freshman, she potted her second collegiate goal to help Brown grab a 3-2 victory on Warner Roof on Oct. 4, 2011.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
The Bobcats started slow by losing four of their first five games, but have since hit their stride and won five of their last six. Highlighting the recent winning streak is a slew of four consecutive victories during which the Connecticut-based squad outscored their opponents by a lopsided 17-2 margin, including a pair of shutouts over Vermont and St. Joseph's.
With only the Brown game left before jumping into Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, Quinnipiac is led by senior Jess Rusin and junior Danielle Allan, who have seven goals each. Rusin bumped her team-leading total to 15 points with a goal and an assist in last week's 3-2 victory over Yale, and Allan earned a hat trick and her second multiple-goal game of the season in a 5-1 rout of Holy Cross on Sep. 26.
The Bobcats allow 2.82 goals per contest and lean on senior Cate Colucci and junior goalie Megan Conaboy for defensive leadership. Colucci ranks fifth in the country with four defensive saves, while Conaboy stands 20th in the nation in saves per game with a pair of shutouts.
LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, Calif.) flushed a breakaway goal off a feed from junior Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) to lift Brown to a 2-1 overtime win at Harvard in Ivy League action on Saturday.
Less than three minutes into the extra period of the Bears' first overtime win since Oct. 20, 2012, O'Donnell sprinted on a breakaway down the right sideline and forced Harvard goalie Jenn Hatfield to leave the cage in pursuit of the ball. O'Donnell raced to the baseline, pulled back to control the ball and fed it in front of the cage. The ball bounced off a defender and back to O'Donnell, who pushed it to Rogers who was poised to knock in the game-winner.
BEARS STAND OUT IN NATIONAL, IVY LEAGUE STAT RANKS
O'Donnell and junior goalie Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, Mass.) continue to stand among the nation's best in their respective statistical categories. McSweeney ranks third in the nation and leads the Ivy League with an even 10 saves per game, and is 21st in the country in save percentage. O'Donnell's 0.78 goals per game nearly cracked the nation's top 25, while Brown's leading scorer sits fifth in the league in goals and points. Senior Avery Burns (Millersville, Md.) continues to climb the Ivy ranks in assists, as her team-best five helpers rank fourth in the Ancient Eight.
The Bears welcome No. 17 Louisville to College Hill on Sunday for a non-conference contest at 12 p.m.