March 7, 2010

Bears Return Home to Host Quinnipiac on Sunday at 1:00

PROVIDENCE, RI - Having split their first two games of the season, the Bears will look to rebound from Wednesday's 9-5 loss to #12 Boston University, when they host Quinnipiac (0-1) this Sunday, March 7th, in a 1:00 p.m. contest. The game begins a two-game homestand for Brown, which will host Princeton in its 2010 Ivy opener on March 13th.

On Wednesday, the Bears held a 4-3 lead at halftime, but the Terriers opened the second half with three quick goals to take a 6-4 lead and followed with another three to grab a 9-4 lead late in the game. Sophomore Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) converted a feed from junior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) with under three minutes left to account for the final score. Seniors Bethany Buzzell (Middletown, MD) and Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY), junior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) and Waterman also scored in the game. Kelly led Brown with five ground balls and was one of three players to record two caused turnovers, joining McGilloway and freshman Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA). Senior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) earned a team-high three draw controls, while sophomore Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) recorded nine saves.

The Bobcats opened their season with a 16-8 loss to UConn on Wednesday, March 3rd. Quinnipiac scored four goals in each half and were led by junior Lauren Matuszczak, who had three goals and an assist. Sophomore Devon Gibney and senior Katie Latonick added a pair of goals each, while Christine Sinnigen posted a goal and an assist. Junior Kaitlyn Kelly led all Bobcats with three ground balls, while sophomore Marissa Caroleo had a team-high four draw controls. Sophomore Noelle Martello stopped eight UConn shots with four in each half.

Brown is 1-1 all-time against the Bobcats in a series that began in 2005. In fact, a 4-0 win in a snow-abbreviated game in March of 2005 was head coach Keely McDonald's '00 first career coaching victory. The two teams hadn't met for three seasons following that game, but renewed their rivalry last season, a game Quinnipiac won, 11-6, in Hamden. Last year, Brown held a 3-2 lead late in the first half, but the Bobcats erased the deficit with a 5-0 run to take a 7-3 lead early in the second half. After a pair of Brown goals halted the run to bring the score to 7-5, Quinnipiac opened the score with four straight goals to win its sixth straight game. Brown was led by Lauren Vitkus '09, who scored a pair of goals, while Jesse Nunn '09, Kelly Robinson '09, Katelyn Caro '12, and Waterman each scored once. Caldwell helped to lead the midfield with six ground balls and five caused turnovers, while Harvey recorded five saves in net.

Live stats for the game will be available on brownbears.com.

Pictured: Kara Kelly ’10. Photo by DSPics.net.