PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After four-straight home games of coming away with at least one point, the Bears (2-4-2, 1-3-2) fell to St. Lawrence (6-6-2, 3-2-0), 5-2 at Meehan Auditorium on Saturday afternoon. Defense ruled for first period, but the Saint offense came alive in the second and continued its scoring into the third to preserve the win.
Rookie goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) was sensational in the first period, making nine saves in just the first 10 and a half minutes. St. Lawrence had a great opportunity at 9:36 with the puck deep in the Bear zone. Moore was able to make a stop at the left of the cage but the Saints corralled the rebound and put it on net again. However, Moore, who was already on her knees at the left of the cage, was able to stretch her right leg and make a great pad save, keeping SLU off the board. The rookie netminder finished the first period with 13 saves.
Just over a minute in a half into the second period, freshman Samantha Woodward (Lexington, Mass.) took the feed from classmate Kelly Kittredge (Mahwah, N.J.) and sophomore Erica Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) and fired a slapshot five feet from the blue line, beating the St. Lawrence goalie high on the stick side for her first career goal. The assist for Kittredge was her second in two games and second of her young career.
A St. Lawrence power play resulted in the Saints first goal of the game and kick-started the Saints' offense. With just 26 second left on the player advantage, Bailey Habscheid was set up by Alley Bero and Michelle Ng and went high on net for the score.
Habsheid made it a double five minutes later when Rylee Smith and Bero combined to find the open player in front of the net. St. Lawrence then added a power-play goal less than two minutes after its second score. The goal was scored by Bero, with assists coming from Brooke Fernandez and Dayle Wilkinson.
The Saints added to their lead 4:25 into the third period when Kayla Sullivan found the back of the net after a nice pass from Lauren Brozowski. The fifth SLU goal came as Sullivan notched her second of the game when she took a pass from Fernandez and made her way across the net, putting one over the sprawling goaltender.
The Bears' answer came when sophomore Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic), who was playing in just her second game since returning from her training session with the Czech Republic National Team, took the feed from classmate Victoria Smith (Senneville, Quebec) and rookie Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario) and went high over the glove hand of the SLU goalie for Brown goal number two.
Brown wraps up its six-game homestand with a post-Thanksgiving game on Friday, November 26 against local rival Providence College in a battle for the Mayor's Cup at 4 p.m.
Pictured: Sophomore forward Alena Polenska