Holy Cross Beats Bears on Stroke in Overtime, 3-2

Oct. 24, 2007

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - Trailing, 2-0, at half-time, the Brown field hockey team (0-14) made a furious second-half comeback, scoring two goals in a span of six minutes to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime with visiting Holy Cross (6-10) on Wednesday afternoon at Warner Roof. However, the Crusaders were able to slip past the Bears when they converted a penalty stroke 10:29 into the first overtime.

The Bears came out with poise and energy, but Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead at 22:24 when the Crusaders scored on a corner. Kim Powell took a shot from the top of the circle that was headed to the right of the cage, but Katie Talbert was there and tipped the shot past freshman Lauren Kessler (Burtonsville, MD).

Talbert gave Holy Cross a 2-0 lead less than 10 minutes later at 31:13 when she scored an unassisted goal.

However, Brown came out after the break with the energy it possessed before the first Holy Cross goal and dominated the play, outshooting the Crusaders, 10-6 for the half. Just 6:41 into the second half, freshman Tacy Zysk (Walpole, MA) brought the Bears to within 2-1 with her first career goal. Senior Sandhya Dhir (Aguora Hills, CA) sent a shot behind the Holy Cross goalie on the right post and Zysk dove at the ball, tipping it into the cage.

Just six minutes later, at 47:14, junior Victoria Sacco (Madison, NJ) scored her third of the year on a direct shot from the top of the circle on one of Brown's three second-half corners. Sophomore Nora Malgieri (Gates Mills, OH) and junior Sara Eaton (Arlington, VA) both earned assists on the goal.

Neither team could find the go-ahead goal in regulation, despite several close chances by both teams in the final five minutes of play.

Brown won the ball to start overtime and immediately earned a penalty corner, but the Bears' chance was denied. Both teams had taken two shots during the first 10 minutes of overtime until Holy Cross was awarded a penalty stroke, which Powell buried towards the low right corner for the game-winner.

Kessler finished the game with six saves, while Erin Singleton recorded seven for Holy Cross. Brown returns to action on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 when it hosts Ivy foe Penn. The game is the final home contest of the season for the Bears, which will also mark senior day for the five members of the class of 2008 - Katie Auriemma (Medford, NJ), Kristen Hodavance (Emmaus, PA), Dhir, and co-captains Ani Kazarian (Providence, RI) and Andrea Posa (Weston, MA).