PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Bears square off against a nationally-ranked opponent for the first time in just short of a year when the Brown field hockey team (4-6, 1-2 Ivy) takes on No. 14 Louisville (10-2, 3-0 Big East) in a non-conference showdown on Sunday at Goldberger Family Field at 12 p.m. Brown last faced a top-25 opponent on Oct. 13 of last year when the Bears fell at No. 3 Princeton in Ivy League action.
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SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
The Cardinals are flying high on a six-game winning streak and used victories over Ohio State, Temple and Indiana last week to jump three spots in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll to 14th in the country.
Junior Alyssa Voelmle leads Louisville in scoring with eights goals and three assists for 19 points, while junior Paige Monsen and sophomore Elisa Garcia share the team lead with seven assists each. Sophomore goalie Sydney King has held down the cage in every game and will challenge the Bears in the teams' first-ever meeting with her 1.33 goals-against average.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal early in the first half, but a converted penalty corner in the second period spelled a 2-1 loss for the Brown field hockey team against Quinnipiac in non-league action at Goldberger Family Field on Wednesday. O'Donnell's goal maintained her hold on the team lead with eight goals and 19 points, while junior goalie Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, Mass.) made six saves and senior Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, Pa.) prevented a would-be goal with a defensive save.
Brown returns to Ivy League play next Saturday when the Bears host league-leading Princeton at 12 p.m.