PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman Katarina Angus (West Vancouver, British Columbia) deposited the game-winning goal four and a half minutes into overtime to lift the Brown field hockey team to a dramatic 2-1 win over #14 Louisville at Goldberger Family Field on Sunday. The upset marks Brown's first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since the Bears took down #20 Harvard, 1-0, on Sep. 24, 2005. Brown improves to 5-6 overall, while the Cardinals drop to 10-4 overall after losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Senior Torie Stearns (Rye, N.Y.) redirected a shot off a penalty corner in the 30th minute to tie the game at 1-1 and the deadlock would hold up for over 44 minutes after a scoreless second half. Despite a high-octane Louisville offense that ripped 12 shots on goal, Erin Schneidtmiller registered her team's lone goal on a shot from a nearly-impossible angle near the left baseline to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead at 6:27.
From there, Brown endured six corners in the half and Stearns knocked in the equalizer to put the Bears on even ground with the opposition. Senior Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, Pa.) stood firm in the right corner of the cage to make a defensive save at the 16:58 mark that proved essential to the eventual victory, and junior goalie Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, Mass.) guarded the goal for 10 saves.
Louisville attacked with another six corners in the second half and appeared to take the lead in the 68th minute after a second-chance shot by Elisa Garcia found its way in the cage, but the ball ricocheted off a Cardinal player's foot to leave the score tied. The visitors earned a corner as time expired and set up for one last attempt in regulation, but Garcia's shot sailed just wide and the squads headed for overtime.
McSweeney stopped a Alyssa Voelmle shot and the Brown backs disrupted another Cardinal corner in the early minutes of the extra period. The Bears finally earned a corner of their own after junior Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) drew a foul on a breakaway rush down the right sideline, and sophomore Anna Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) set up for the initial corner pass. Angus gathered the ball just to the left of center and fired in the game-winner at 74:30.
Brown recorded four shots on goal to Louisville's 12 and trailed the Cardinals 13-7 in corners, while Louisville goalie Sydney King made two saves in the tough-luck loss.
The Bears return to Ivy League action next Saturday when they host No. 9 Princeton at 12 p.m.