Women's Hockey Falls To #10 Princeton 5-2

Feb. 22, 2003

Providence, RI - The Brown women's hockey team fell to tenth ranked Princeton 5-2 Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium in its final regular season home game. The Bears fall to 10-11-4 overall and 7-5-1 in the ECAC.

Brown trailed 5-0 early in the second period, as the Tigers took a big 4-0 lead in the first. A late Bears comeback fell short as Princeton goaltender Megan Van Beusekom stopped 17 of Brown's 19 shots. Brown out-shot Princeton in every period. Junior Gretchen Anderson led the Tigers with a goal and two assists for three points.

Despite Brown out-shooting Princeton 10-8 in the first period, the Tigers scored four goals, including two shorthanded tallies. Sophomore April Brown got the scoring started just 1:41 into the game. Junior Gretchen Anderson recorded an assist on the goal. Just over a minute later, Princeton made it 2-0 when senior Andrea Kilbourne sneaked one past senior goalkeeper Pam Dreyer. Katherine Maglione picked up an assist on the goal.

The Tigers recorded their first of two shorthanded goals at the 10:20 mark. Anderson tallied her second point of the game with the goal. Anderson stole the puck and beat Dreyer in front of the net. At 16:41, Princeton took a 4-0 lead when freshman Heather Jackson hooked up with sophomore Rebecca Stewart for another shorthanded tally.

Brown had two goals pulled back by the referees in the period. Freshman Karen Thatcher got the puck past the blueline eight minutes into the period but there was a player in the crease according to the referees. The Bears also got the puck in the net after Princeton's third goal but a penalty was called just prior to the goal. Junior Katie Germain came into the game after the Tigers scored their third goal and made two saves.

Brown got itself in a bigger hole just 57 seconds into the second period when Princeton made it 5-0, taking advantage of its power play opportunity. Senior Annamarie Holmes recorded the goal with senior Nikola Holmes and Anderson picking up assists. The Bears had two breakaway opportunities late in the period but Princeton's Van Beusekom made spectacular saves on both plays, robbing sophomore Katie Guay and freshman Keaton Zucker of goals.

Zucker and Guay avenged the stops in third period as the Bears tried to make a strong comeback. Zucker scored at the 8:52 mark with sophomore Kerry Nugent and senior Courtney Johnson tallying assists. Less than three minutes later, Brown cut the lead to three when Guay scored from senior Kim Insalaco Thatcher. Germain was solid in net as she held Princeton scoreless for the last 39 minutes of the game. She finished the game with 15 saves.

Brown continues on Tuesday Feb. 25th at Harvard, starting at 7 p.m.