Bears Defeat Columbia, 1-0, in Overtime Thriller

Oct. 7, 2006

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - Junior leading scorer Andrea Posa (Weston, MA) scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season at 78:27 to lift the Brown field hockey team (7-2, 3-0) to a 1-0 victory over Columbia (4-7, 0-3) in overtime. Brown dominated the game from the opening whistle, but couldn't get past Columbia goalie Gena Miller, who recorded 15 saves in the losing effort, until the ninth minute of the first overtime.

Brown game out firing on all cylinders, recording 14 first-half shots and nine first-half penalty corners. However, Miller stopped all eight shots on net to keep the Bears off the board. At the other end of the field, Brown junior goalie Kristen Hodavance (Emmaus, PA) was rarely tested until the final five minutes of the half, during which the Lions earned two penalty corners and fired off five shots, including two on cage, both of which Hodavance stopped.

The two teams played an even second half with neither able to net the go-ahead goal. Miller made three saves in the second half, while Hodavance recorded two saves for Brown with the game becoming a defensive battle.

The two teams headed into overtime with seven players on the field for each team and the Bears once again controlled the pace of play. Brown outshot Columbia 6-0 during overtime, and earned four penalty corners.

For the game, Brown held a 14-3 advantage in penalty corners and it was on the final corner that the Bears finally broke through. Senior Samantha Lloyd (Shavertown, PA) sent the ball to the top of the circle where sophomore Victoria Sacco (Madison, NJ) stopped it. Sacco fired a shot to the right of the net that Posa tipped past Miller for her seventh goal of the year and second game-winner in an Ivy League contest.

Hodavance finished the day with four saves en route to her fourth shutout of the year, while lowering her Ivy League-leading goals against average to 0.98. The Bears resume action on Saturday, October 14, when they travel to New Jersey to face off against Princeton in a battle for first place in the League at 12:00 noon.