Oct. 22, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior Victoria Sacco (Madison, NJ) scored her second goal in as many games just 1:35 into the contest, but the Friars (10-8) scored four times in a span of 2:24, en route to a 6-2 win over the Brown field hockey team (3-10) on Wednesday afternoon at Warner Roof.
PC's four-goal outburst would prove to be the difference in the game, as the Bears were never able to recover from being down, 4-1, and then eventually, 5-1, despite playing a relatively even game against the Friars.
Brown controlled the opening 15 minutes of the game, taking a quick, 1-0, lead just 1:35 in. After freshman Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) drew a corner for the Bears, Sacco fired a shot from the top of the circle that beat Rachel Chamberlain to the right post, as the ball found its way between her left leg and the post.
Both teams had chances following the goal, but Ashlyn Hudson's goal at 15:25 tied the game and sparked a quick 4-0 run for the Friars, as Nellie Poulin made it a 2-1 game at 16:14. Julie Ruggieri found the back of the net at 17:53, and less then a minute later, Poulin's second of the contest gave Providence a 4-1 lead with 16:11 remaining in the half.
Jaime Lipski, who assisted two of PC's goals, then increased the Friar's lead at the 44:41 mark. However, just 1:22 later, Springmeyer brought the Bears to within 5-2 with her fourth of the season. A Providence foul set up a free hit just outside of the circle, which junior Nora Malgieri (Gates Mills, OH) sent into the circle to the left post where Springmeyer was stationed. Springmeyer calmly tipped the ball to the far corner past Chamberlain for the 5-2 score.
Jessica Lane capped the scoring at 56:05 for the 6-2 final. For the game, Providence held a 15-10 advantage in shots, while Brown earned four penalty corners to PC's two. Sophomore Lauren Kessler (Burtonsville, MD) made one save in 20:32, allowing four PC goals, while freshman Caroline Washburn (Pittsburgh, PA) had one save in 49:28, allowing two goals. Chamberlain had one save for the Friars.
The Bears continue action on Saturday, October 25, when they host Cornell in a 12:00 noon Ivy League contest.