Field Hockey Edged by Bryant, 4-3, in Season Opener

Field Hockey Edged by Bryant, 4-3, in Season Opener

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown field hockey team was defeated by Bryant, 4-3, in its season-opening game at Goldberger Family Field on Friday afternoon. The Bears claimed a 2-1 lead in the opening half but the Bulldogs scored three unanswered goals in the second to take control of the contest. Brown pulled within one with 28 second remaining but was unable to net the equalizer.

"I was happy with our performance in the first half but we lost a bit of focus in the second which resulted in goals," said Brown head coach Jill Reeve. "It was our first game and Bryant's fourth. I think our young team will learn a lot from this game."

Brown opened the contest's scoring at 10:42 when junior Ellie Seid (Larchmont, N.Y.) collected a feed from sophomore Ali Dunning (Amersham, England) for the squad's first goal of the season and a 1-0 advantage. The Bears quickly made it 2-0 when freshman Anagha Nayak (Ann Arbor, Mich.) collected a rebound and put in a score for her first collegiate tally at 11:28.

Later in the first, junior goalie Katie Hammaker (Ephrata, Pa.) turned away a solid scoring opportunity by the Bulldogs to keep a clean slate. Bryant eventually got on the board before the close of the half with a tally from Victoria Newbill to bring the halftime score to 2-1.

The Bears held a 6-2 advantage in shots for the opening period and led in penalty corners, 3-0.

Bryant opened the second half with a quick goal at 36:01 from Madison Demand to tie the game (2-2). The Bulldogs kept the pressure on and netted two more scores at 41:10 and 53:55 to claim a 4-2 lead.

Brown's offense gained three penalty corners after Bryant's last score. Following the third corner, the Bears put in a goal with sophomore Gina Openshaw (Annapolis, Md.) netting the tally while Dunning provided her second assist of the game at 69:32. The Bears were unable to put together another offensive chance as the game clock expired.

Sophomore Allee Ayles (Westwood, Mass.) made two saves in the period for Brown in goal. The Bulldogs outshot the Bears 10-4 in the second while the Bears held the edge in penalty corners, 5-3.

Brown will next head to nearby Providence College tomorrow (Sept. 2) for a 12:00 p.m. contest at Lennon Family Field.

Video of all Brown field hockey home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.