Women's Lacrosse to Open Ivy Season against #13 Princeton

THE GAME: The Bears, currently 2-0 in home games, host #13 Princeton in their 2010 Ivy opener. This marks the second straight year that Brown will open its Ivy schedule during this weekend, as the Bears earned an 12-8 win over Harvard in their 2009 Ivy opener on March 14th. Brown will look to post its second straight win, after claiming a 13-10 victory over Quinnipiac last Sunday. Against the Bobcats, sophomore Kaela McGilloway paced the offense with four goals and two assists, while freshman Lindsay Minges added three goals. Junior Paris Waterman also had two goals, while senior Molly McCarthy scored one and assisted two others. McCarthy also led the Bears with four ground balls and three draw controls, while Minges and junior Krissi Penikis each had three ground balls. Sophomore Isabel Harvey stopped five shots.

ALL-TIME VS. PRINCETON: Brown is 3-28 all-time against the Tigers in a series dating back to the 1980 season when Princeton won a 7-2 game. The Tigers are in the midst of a 19-game winning streak over the Bears, who earned their last victory, 11-6, in 1991.

LAST YEAR VS. PRINCETON: In the 2009 contest, Brown and Princeton, ranked #6 at the time, were tied, 6-6, with 7:11 remaining in the contest. The Tigers would score two quick goals to go up, 8-6. Kelly Robinson ’09 then scored her fourth goal of the game with 2:36 left to play, but a chance for a fifth by the senior was denied by the Princeton goalie with 36 seconds left. In addition to Robinson’s four goals, Lauren Vitkus ’09 added three. Isabel Harvey ’12 recorded 11 saves in net.

TODAY’S OPPONENT: The Tigers are 1-2 on the season, losing their last two games to Rutgers and No. 6 Duke, after opening the season with a 10-9 overtime win over Johns Hopkins. Kristin Morrison ’10 and Lizzy Drumm ’11 lead the team in scoring with 11 (8g, 3a) and 10 points (7g, 3a), respectively. Charlotte Davis ’13 has six points (3g, 3a), while Caroline Rehfuss ’13 (4g) and Jenna Washabaugh ’10 (2g, 2a) each have four points. Erin Tochihara ’11 has started all three games and has made 31 saves on 64 shots. She has an 11.82 GAA and a .484 save percentage.

LACROSSE FOR LUPUS: Brown’s major fundraising effort this year, Lacrosse for Lupus, aims to raise awareness and funding for the Lupus Foundation. Chaired by Paris Waterman ’11, whose mom was recently diagnosed with Lupus, the Lacrosse for Lupus committee and the rest of the team has been working on this project for a large portion of the year. The Bears will play in special purple jerseys, designed by Julia Keller ’12, for today’s game against the Tigers, which will be auctioned off following the game. Fans can also help support the cause with the purchase of a “Lax for Lupus” t-shirt, designed by Kaela McGilloway ’12, or make an online donation at http://www.firstgiving.com/brownlaxfolupus

WELCOME BACK: Brown will welcome back to campus the women’s lacrosse alumni who earned All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy distinction during their careers. They will be reognized during half-time of Saturday's contest.

Pictured: Molly McCarthy ’10. Photo by DSPics.net.