Field Hockey Entertains No. 14 Princeton and Holy Cross, Hosts Vs. Cancer Game

Field Hockey Entertains No. 14 Princeton and Holy Cross, Hosts Vs. Cancer Game

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown field hockey team will welcome No. 14 Princeton and Holy Cross to Goldberger Family Field on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15, respectively. The Ivy League match-up on Saturday will begin at noon while the non-conference game will start at 1:00 p.m. the following day, the team's Vs. Cancer game.

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The Brown field hockey team has partnered with Vs. Cancer this season to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. The team's fundraiser is lasting throughout the school year, with the Bears celebrating their efforts on Sunday, Oct. 15 during their game against Holy Cross.

In partnership with Vs. Cancer, fifty percent of the money raised will fund national brain tumor research efforts through the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, while the other half goes directly to the pediatric oncology unit at Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Fans can make a donation to the team's fundraising efforts by clicking here.

The Bears suffered a pair of defeats to ranked opponents last weekend, falling at No. 13 Harvard on Friday, Oct. 6, 7-0, followed by a 7-1 setback to No. 24 American on Sunday, Oct. 8. Sophomore Corinne Condie scored her first career goal against the Eagles on Sunday.

The 14th-ranked Tigers enter Saturday's match-up with a 6-6 overall record and a perfect 3-0 Ivy League mark. Princeton has played a slew of ranked teams, which includes top-ranked UConn, North Carolina, Delaware, Penn State, Duke, Syracuse Maryland, Rutgers and Boston University, posting a 3-6 record against those opponents. Ryan McCarthy leads the team in scoring with a team-high 10 goals and two assists for 22 points. Grace Baylis is the Tigers' goaltender and has played in all 12 games, recording a 2.25 goals against average, a .611 save percentage and three shutouts. 

The Crusaders are 5-7 on the season and 2-1 in the Patriot League. Prior to visiting Providence, Holy Cross will play at No. 23 Boston University on Friday, Oct. 13. The Crusaders dropped their lone contest last week, a 5-1 defeat at Columbia, on Sunday, Oct. 8. Maureen Connolly leads the team on offense with team-highs in goals (12) assists (5) and points (29). Marcia LaPlante has played all of the squad's games in the cage and has a 3.01 goals-against average, a .758 save percentage and four shutouts.
The Bears fell to the then No. 11 Tigers last season in New Jersey, 5-1. Sophomore Gina Openshaw netted the lone score for Brown in the match.  

Brown defeated Holy Cross last year, 2-1, in Worcester, Mass. Sophomore Gina Openshaw scored the game-winner for the Bears in the second half. Junior Katie Hammaker also made seven saves in the contest, including four in the decisive second half. Brown has won nine-straight games over Holy Cross, dating back to a 3-2 victory in 2008.

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 sixth 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. Both Nayak sisters tallied a goal against Siena on Sept. 15. Anagha leads the team in scoring with 10 points (5 goals).

Senior Maggie Mostoller and juniors Katie Hammaker and Rachel Lanouette have been named captains for the 2017 season. Mostoller has appeared in 42 career games at the midfield while Hammaker and Lanouette started every game of their careers.

The Bears will travel to Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 21 for an Ivy League contest starting at 11:30 a.m. and will then compete at Colgate on Sunday, Oct. 22 for a 12:00 p.m. game.