Nov. 8, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Freshman Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) tallied a career-high seven points with three goals and an assist to help lead the Brown field hockey team (5-12, 1-6) to a 4-1 victory over Yale (7-10, 2-5) on a foggy Saturday afternoon at Warner Roof. Springmeyer finished the season as the Bears' leading scorer with 21 points, closing out the year with 14 points in Brown's last five games with at least one point in each of the five.
The game started off slowly for Brown, which fell behind, 1-0, just 2:25 in when Ali Rotondo fired a shot to the right post from the top left of the circle, beating freshman Caroline Washburn (Pittsburgh, PA) on the Bulldogs first shot on cage.
However, Brown fought back and tied the game at 21:57 on Springmeyer's first goal. Senior Natalie Harrington (Locust Valley, NY) worked a give-and-go with Springmeyer along the left side and Springmeyer beat Katie Bolling through her legs to tie the game.
The Bears dominated the second half, outhsooting Yale, 14-8, during the final 35 minutes of play. However, it wasn't until the 48th minute of play that the offense came alive again. Senior Victoria Sacco (Madison, NJ) ignited Brown's offense when she scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal on a direct shot off a Brown corner. Springmeyer sent the ball in to junior Michaela Seigo (Annandale, VA), who stopped the ball, before Sacco drilled it into the right corner for the go-ahead goal at 47:32.
The Bulldogs threatened to tie the game again, earning three penalty corners in a row during a three-minute period. However, Washburn stopped three shots and the Bears' defense blocked a fourth to hold onto the one-goal lead.
Exactly four minutes after Sacco's goal, the Bears went up 3-1, scoring on a counter attack following Yale's third corner. Sophomore Tacy Zysk (Walpole, MA) worked the ball up the left side and sent a long pass up to Springmeyer who was alone just outside of the circle. Springmeyer dribbled the ball into the circle, forcing Bolling to come out of the cage, and ripped a shot to the left of the keeper for the 3-1 lead at 51:32.
Springmeyer capped the hat-trick with an unassisted score less than two minutes later when she picked up the rebound of her own shot and lifted it past Bolling, who could not get to the ball after diving to make the save on Springmeyer's first attempt.
For the game, Brown held an 18-15 advantage in shots, while Yale won the penalty corner battle, finishing with 11 to Brown's four, including an 8-2 margin in the second half.
Washburn posted her third win of the season with nine saves, including eight in the second half, while Bolling made five saves in 54:59, before getting relieved by Charlotte Goins, who had one save in 15:01.