Gardner Earns Ivy Player of the Week Honors
The Bears faced then-#7 Connecticut on Wednesday, playing a spectacular defensive game that ended in a 2-1 loss in overtime. Gardner scored the only goal for Brown, six minutes into the second half, to give her team a 1-0 lead that they held on to until the Huskies tied it up with two minutes left in regulation. She was an offensive spark for the Bears the entire game, taking over half of the team's shots and just missing the winning goal in overtime, after pulling the keeper out of the net.
Gardner made her presence felt again in the Rutgers game this past Sunday, assisting on two goals and scoring one, unassisted, in the 4-1 win over the Scarlet Knights. Her scoring opportunity came early in the second half, when she ran down a ball at the top of the circle and found herself in a one-on-one with the goalie. After a nice pull to the left, she saw an open spot and put the ball away with a diving reverse sweep. She took six shots in the game, bringing her total to a team-high 38 for the season.
This is Gardner's second year with the field hockey team, joining last season after deciding to play a second sport at Brown, where she is already an accomplished ice hockey player. She earned the highly-touted Ivy League Rookie of the Year award after turning in 12-4-28 totals her first season, and continues to be an offensive threat. She has scored in every game for the Bears this year except one, and currently leads the team in scoring with eight goals and two assists.