Yale Earns 8-7 Victory over Bears with Last-Second Goal

NEW HAVEN, CT - Junior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) scored five goals, but it wasn't enough, as Yale (3-3, 1-0) overcame a 3-0 deficit to earn an 8-7 victory over the Brown women's lacrosse team (2-3, 0-2) on Wednesday afternoon in Connecticut.

The Bears started off strong as goals by Waterman, senior Bethany Buzzell (Middletown, MD), and Waterman again in the opening 6:34 gave Brown an early 3-0 lead. However, the Bulldogs stormed back with three goals of their own in a span of 11 minutes to tie the score at 3-3 with exactly 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

The two teams traded chances in the final minutes of the half, as each team hit a post during this time, holding the score at 3-3. Junior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, MD) broke through with one second left to play before halftime to give Brown a 4-3 lead after the first 30 minutes of play.

Yale came out of the break and tied the score again just 1:17 after halftime, but Waterman's third of the day 3:06 later gave Brown a 5-4 lead.

Both teams were held off the scoreboard over the next 7:34, but Yale's Caroline Crow knotted the score once again, this time at 5-5, with 18:03 remaining. She then assisted a goal by Devon Rhodes 15 seconds later, giving Yale its first lead of the day, 6-5, one that it would not relinquish.

Waterman and Yale's Kaitlyn Flatley traded goals the rest of the way with Waterman's fourth tying the score at 6-6 and her fifth tying the score at 7-7 with 4:03 remaining. Flatley scored the winning goal with nine seconds left for the 8-7 final.

Senior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) and freshman Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) led the Bears with three ground balls apiece, while Caldwell had a team-high three draw controls. Sophomore Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) recorded four saves.

Brown returns to action in 10 days when it travels to Harvard on Saturday, March 27th, to face the Crimson in a 12:00 noon contest, the Bears' third straight Ivy game.

Pictured: Paris Waterman ’11. Photo by DSPics.net