September 7, 2008

Puhalla Goal in Stroke-Off Lifts Bears to First Win of the Season, 2-1 over Maine

Sept. 7, 2008

Box Score

ORONO, ME - The Brown field hockey team (1-1) evened its record at 1-1 on the season, winning a thrilling 2-1 contest at Maine (1-2), which was decided in a stroke-off. With the two teams tied 1-1 through regulation and two 15-mintue overtime periods, played seven-vs-seven, Brown outscored the Black Bears, 3-1, in a stroke-off to earn the victory. Freshman Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) scored her third goal in two games to tie the contest with 3:03 left in regulation, while sophomore Cassie Puhalla's (Forty Fort, PA) goal in the stroke-off clinched the victory.

The Black Bears opened the scoring just 12 minutes into the game when Maire Dineen beat sophomore Lauren Kessler (Burtonsville, MD) to the right side. However, that was all the Maine offense would score until the stroke-off, as the Brown defense clamped down for the rest of the game, despite getting outshot, 28-9, during regulation and 36-11 for the contest.

With time ticking away and Maine still holding the 1-0 lead, Taft kept Brown's hopes alive, tying the contest with just over three minutes left to play, beating Elizabeth Anderson to the right, and spoiling the Black Bears' shutout bid.

Maine continued to press in the extra period, holding an 8-2 advantage in shots during the 30 minutes, but Kessler made five of her career-high 20 saves during this time to hold the tie and send the game to a stroke-off.

After Kessler saved Dineen's attempt for Maine, freshman Laura Iacovetti (Blue Bell, PA) gave Brown a 1-0 lead with a goal. Kelly Newton then scored for the Black Bears to tie the stroke-off at 1-1, but junior Michaela Seigo (Annandale, VA) answered for Brown to put the Bears up 2-1. Kessler then made a save on an attempt by Kim MacDonald to hold the score at 2-1. Senior Tess Standa's (Lake Bluff, IL) attempt was saved by Anderson to hold the score at 2-1, but another save by Kessler on Stephanie Gardiner set up Puhalla's game-winning shot.

Brown continues its four-game road stretch to open the season on Friday, September 12, when the Bears travel to Villanova to face the Wildcats in a 7:00 p.m. game.