PROVIDENCE, RI – The 13th-ranked Princeton women’s lacrosse team (2-2, 1-0) broke a 3-3 tie with five straight goals in the final 2:42 of the first half to take an 8-3 lead at the break and earn a 16-6 victory over the Bears (2-2, 0-1) in their 2010 Ivy opener. The game was played during a steady downpour at Brown’s Berylson Family Fields.
The Bears wore special jerseys accented with purple in recognition of their 2010 fundraising campaign, Lax for Lupus. The Bears will be auctioning the jerseys to raise awareness of and funds for the battle against Lupus.
The two teams traded early scoring opportunities with the Bears capitalizing on both of theirs to grab a 2-0 lead. Senior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) scored an unassisted tally 2:54 into the game to give Brown a 1-0 lead and just 24 seconds later, sophomore Katelyn Caro (Andover, MA) struck on a free position shot to give Brown a 2-0 lead.
However, the Tigers responded just four minutes later with a free position goal by Kristin Morrison to cut the lead to 2-1 and then again four minutes after that, a goal by Lizzy Drumm tied the score at 2-2.
Neither team could gain sustained pressure during the next eight minutes, but the Tigers would grab their first lead of the day on a goal my Maisie Devine with 10:44 left in the half.
Junior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE), who led Brown with three goals, scored her first of the afternoon at the 22:55 mark to tie the game at 3-3.
The Tigers closed the half with a decisive five-goal run, including two goals in the final 20 seconds of the half, and Brown could never recover, despite a late comeback attempt in the second half.
The first 12 minutes after halftime would prove to be the difference, as the Bears had several opportunities to chip away at the lead. However, it wasn’t until the 11:57 mark of the half that Caro put one past Kaitlyn Perrelle, who replaced starting goalie Erin Tochihara in the Princeton cage at halftime.
Following Caro’s goal, the Tigers reeled off five straight goals, including two by Drumm, to take a 13-4 lead with 9:58 remaining.
Waterman scored back-to-back goals 1:35 apart to cut the lead to 13-6, but that was as close as Brown would get, as Princeton ended the game with three goals in the final three minutes.
Sophomore Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) made 11 saves for the Bears, while junior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) led Brown with four ground balls, two draw controls, and three caused turnovers.
The Bears will look to rebound on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Yale for a 4:00 p.m. Ivy contest.