Field Hockey Defeats #19 Connecticut, 4-2, For Their First Victory of 2001

Sept. 26, 2001

PROVIDENCE, RI - Led by sophomore Meaghan Harwood's (Hoosick Falls, NY) two goals, The Brown field hockey team (1-3) picked up it's first win of the 2001 season, defeating the University of Connecticut (3-4), ranked #19 in the country, 4-2 on Wednesday, September 26, at Warner Roof.

With 29:15 remaining in the first half, Brown was awarded a penalty stroke. Senior tri-captain Megan Patterson (Hollliston, MA) stepped up to take the shot for the Bears and converted to give Brown an early 1-0 lead and the Bears never looked back.

UConn's Lauren Henderson (Avondale Harare, Zimbabwe) tied the contest for the Huskies with 10:26 left in the first half when she fired a shot from the top of the circle that got past Brown freshman Kathryn Noe (Simsbury, CT).

With the score knotted at 1-1, it was Brown who headed into the second half with momentum. Less than three minutes into the second stanza, sophomore Molly Carleton (Shaker Heights, OH) crossed the ball to Harwood, who tipped it in to regain the one-goal lead for Brown with 32:37 left in the game.

Less than 10 minutes later, with 24:53 remaining, Harwood struck again, giving the Bears a 3-1 lead. Sophomore Laurel Pierpont's (Jacksonville, FL) shot was saved by Maureen Butler (Red Hook, NY), but Harwood was there to tip the rebound into the net.

With 20:12 left to play, it appeared as though UConn was making a comeback, tallying their second goal from the top of the circle. However, Brown's defense continued to keep the UConn offense at bay and sophomore Lizzie Buza (Houstn, TX) added an insurance goal with 3:42 remaining in the game.

In her second collegiate start, Noe made seven saves in the game, while Butler tallied eight. The win snapped UConn's 18-game winning streak over the Bears and marked the first time since 1975 when Brown defeated UConn 3-0.

Brown will be back in action this Friday, September 28, when it hosts The University of Vermont in a 4:00 game.