Providence, RI - On a chilly and at times snowy Berylson Field, the Brown women's lacrosse team (1-0) rolled to a season-opening 14-6 win over visiting Sacred Heart (1-2) on Saturday afternoon. The Bears were able to put the game away early, needing just 10:16 to build a 4-0 lead that eventually grew to 13-3 late in the second half. Senior Bethany Buzzell (Middletown, MD) and junior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) led the way in the game with three goals each.
The Bears dominated on most of the stat sheet, out-shooting Sacred Heart 32-13. The hosts also were successful on 22 of their 23 clear attempts, compared to a 16 of 19 mark for the Pioneers, and held a 26-17 advantage on ground balls. The lone silver lining for Sacred Heart came on draw controls, as the visitors won 12 of the 22 draws in the contest.
Junior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) and Buzzell helped the Bears race out to their early lead. Less than one minute into the game, Caldwell started the scoring off a rebound for the first Brown goal of the year. Buzzell scored the next goal at 4:40 off an assist from senior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA), then assisted on Caldwell's second marker at 9:22. Sophomore Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) finished the run just under a minute later, forcing a Pioneer timeout. Sacred Heart's Kaitlin Rochler was able to finally get the visitors on the board at 25:25, but freshman Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) ended the scoring in the half with her first career goal with just over three minutes to play.
The Bears came out just as hot in the second half, scoring four of the next five goals. Senior Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY) scored twice in that span, while McGilloway and Buzzell also notched their second goals of the contest to hand Brown a comfortable 9-2 lead with 20:42 to play. Sacred Heart cut the lead to six with a goal with 16:03 to play, but the Bears reeled off another four-goal run over the next eight minutes to put the game away. Waterman scored twice, once on a free position shot, followed by a goal by sophomore Julia Keller (Concord, MA) and then Buzzell's third goal of the day for a ten-goal margin.
Thanks to a Brown yellow card with four minutes to play, the Pioneers were able to cut into the deficit late, as Kate Kmiotek reeled off three goals in a one-minute span while her team held a one-player advantage. However, it proved to be too little, too late, as Waterman's third score of the day provided the final 15-6 margin.
Kelly and Caldwell both turned in solid all-around efforts in the victory. Kelly led the Bears with five ground balls and four draw controls in addition to her two goals, while Caldwell had three ground balls and two draw controls to go with her pair of scores. In net, sophomore Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) made four saves to earn the win.
The Bears will be back in action on Wednesday, March 3, when they hit the road to take on the Boston University Terriers.
Pictured: Bethany Buzzell ’10. Photo by DSPics.net.