Gardner Leads Bears Past Penn, 5-0
Brown dominated the entire game, earning its fourth shutout and second Ivy win of the year. Gardner notched the only two goals of the first half, at 12:02 and 5:06, to put the Bears in the lead at halftime. She was assisted by Lizzie Buza (Houston, TX) on the winning goal and Susana Garcia (Highland Lakes, NJ) on her second tally.
Gardner wasted no time putting a third one in, as she completed the hat-trick only 50 seconds into the second half after receiving a pass from Laurel Pierpont (Jacksonville, FL). Only one minute later, Garcia netted an amazing unassisted goal after carrying the ball 50 yards into the circle and reverse-chipping it into the net, increasing Brown's lead to four. The offense was not done yet, however; with 24 minutes remaining in the game, Gardner brought the ball down the field and into the circle. She drew the lone defender to the left side and passed the ball off to Lizzie Buza on the right, who one-timed it into the cage for her second goal of the season.
The Bears took 20 shots inside of the circle and had 8 penalty corners, while the Quakers had only 2 shots and 2 corners. Annie Owens (Louisville, KY) made two saves in goal for her fourth shutout of the year.
Brown, who improves to 8-6, 2-4, is currently in the national rankings for scoring offense (12th), scoring defense (17th), and margin of victory. The team was 14th in the country for margin of victory (as of 10/24/00), which equals the difference between how many goals the offense scores per game and how many goals the defense allows per game. Cara Gardner and Annie Owens have also made it into the rankings individually. Gardner is 12th in the country for points per game and 16th for goals per game, while Owens is 18th in the nation for goals against average.
The field hockey team only has two games left this season, both at home. Tomorrow, October 31, the Bears take on Fairfield at 3:30 p.m., and this Saturday, November 4, they play Yale in their last Ivy game of the year.