Field Hockey Travels to Drexel (Fri.) and Monmouth (Sun.)

Field Hockey Travels to Drexel (Fri.) and Monmouth (Sun.)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown field hockey team will embark on its first road trip of the 2017 season this weekend and face Drexel on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m. and Monmouth on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 12:00 p.m.

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LAST TIME OUT
The Bears suffered a pair of narrow one-goal defeats to open the 2017 campaign. Brown logged a 4-3 loss to Bryant on Friday, Sept. 1 at Goldberger Family Field and was dealt a 3-2 setback at Providence the following day (Sept. 2). Freshman Anagha Nayak tallied a goal in each game for her first collegiate scores while sophomore Gina Openshaw netted a goal against Bryant and an assist at PC.

SCOUTING DREXEL
The Dragons are 2-2 on the season with wins over Richmond (2-1, Aug. 27) and Rider (2-1, Sept. 5) and losses to VCU (1-0, Aug. 25) and Saint Joseph's (3-0, Sept. 3). Tess Bernheimer leads the squad in points with four on two goals while Megan Wiest has a team-best two assists. Erin Gilchrist has started all four games in net and has totaled a 1.50 goals-against average and a .818 save percentage.

SCOUTING MONMOUTH
Like Drexel, the Hawks are 2-2 entering the weekend. Monmouth opened the year with two wins, over Bucknell (6-2, Aug. 25) and Kent State (5-1, Aug. 27), but then fell to William & Mary (2-1, Sept. 1) and No. 10 Virginia (5-3, Sept. 3). Prior to its game against Brown, Monmouth will host Lehigh on Friday. Rachel Konowal leads the Hawks in points with nine on three goals and a team-best three assists. Kelly Hanna shares the team-lead in goals with Konowal with three tallies to go along with one helper for seven points. Christen Piersanti has started three games in net and has a 2.67 goals-against average and a .667 save percentage. Gabi Millan has started one contest between the pipes and has contributed a 2.00 GAA and a .714 save percentage.

SERIES VS. DREXEL
Friday night will mark the first ever match-up between Brown and Drexel. 

SERIES VS. MONMOUTH
The Bears and Hawks have met two times, the first in 2009 with Brown posting a 4-2 win in Providence, and the second, a 3-0 win by Monmouth on its own home turf in 2010.

DOUBLE TAKE
Brown has two sets of siblings on its 2017 roster in sophomore Allee Ayles and junior Maddie Ayles along with incoming freshmen Anagha Nayak and Anya Nayak. The older Ayles (Maddie) is a back for the Bears and is tied for fourth all-time in defensive saves while Allee is a goalkeeper. As for the Nayak twins, Anagha is a back/midfielder while Anya is a forward/midfielder. 

CAPTAINS
Senior Maggie Mostoller and juniors Katie Hammaker and Rachel Lanouette have been named captains for the 2017 season. Mostoller has appeared in 33 career games at the midfield while Hammaker and Lanouette have started every game the last two seasons.

UP NEXT
The Bears will return home to Goldberger Family Field on Friday, Sept. 15 to square off against Siena in a 4:00 p.m. game before traveling to Northeastern on Sunday, Sept. 17 for a 2:00 p.m. contest.