Bears Drop Heartbreaker to Crosstown Rival, Providence, 4-3

Oct. 19, 2005

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown field hockey team (5-7) held leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 over Providence (6-11), but the Friars scored two goals in the final 3:25 to earn a 4-3 victory over the Bears on Wednesday afternoon at Providence College.

The Bears got on the board first when senior Brooke Townsend (Stamford, CT) caught the Providence goalie out of position and scored after a scramble in front of the net at 9:11.

Providence controlled the remainder of the first half, and tied the game with 9:50 left in the first half as the two teams headed into the break knotted at 1-1.

Just 5:57 into the second half, at 40:57, senior Kristen Vincent (Glens Falls, NY) gave Brown a 2-1 lead on a direct shot off a penalty corner. Freshman Sara Eaton (Arlington, VA) and junior Samantha Lloyd (Shavertown, PA) each assisted on the goal.

The Friars tied the contest again on a penalty corner of their own with 11:25 remaining in the game. However, sophomore Sandhya Dhir (Agoura Hills, CA) regained the one goal lead for Brown when she scored her first career goal less than five minutes later. Eaton found Dhir on the left side of the net and Dhir one-timed the ball into the back of the net, giving Brown a 3-2 lead with 6:30 left to play.

The Friars would not quit, however, and with 3:25 left in the game, Providence tied the contest at 3-3. Brown had possession of the ball with under a minute left in the game, but the Friars regained control and were awarded a penalty corner with 15 seconds left in the game. With no time on the clock, their first corner attempt failed, but another Brown foul was committed inside the circle and Providence was awarded a second penalty corner, on which the Friars scored for the 4-3 win.

Sophomore Kristen Hodavance (Emmaus, PA) played a spectacular game in net for Brown, stopping 14 shots, including 12 in the second half. The Bears will look to bounce back this Sunday when they travel to Ithaca, NY to face Cornell in a 12:00 noon contest.