Bears Survive Harvard’s Second-Half Run; Hold on for 11-10 Victory

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Leading 10-2 4:20 into the second half, the Brown women’s lacrosse team (3-3, 1-2) survived a second-half rally by Harvard (3-4, 1-2) and held on for an 11-10 victory over the Crimson on Saturday afternoon in Cambridge. Sophomore Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) led six different Brown scorers with five goals and an assist, while junior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) posted two goals.

McGilloway started things off for the Bears, giving Brown a 1-0 lead 6:09 into the game. However, a pair of Harvard goals over the next 3:34 would give the Crimson a 2-1 lead with 19:17 left in the first half. Freshman Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) tied the score at 2-2 with her fifth of the season at 13:37 and then McGilloway’s second of the game at 15:28 gave Brown the lead for good, 3-2.

Caldwell and McGilloway would score two goals each over the next 10 minutes, as Caldwell’s second of the day with 4:48 left in the half gave Brown a 7-2 lead.

Junior leading scorer Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) increased the lead to 8-2 at 27:44 and Harvard’s Jen VanderMeulen struck with 39 seconds left in the half, as Brown led, 8-3, at the break.

The Bears were dominant in every facet of the game during the first 30 minutes, outshooting Harvard, 19-4, and earning nine draw controls to Harvard’s three.

McGilloway picked up where she left off at the start of the second, increasing the Bears’ lead to 9-3 just 1:23 into the half. Senior Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY) put away a feed from senior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) three minutes later, as Brown extended its lead to 10-3.

However, Kelly’s goal would be the last for Brown during a span of 24 minutes, as the Crimson crept back into the game. Sara Flood started the comeback attempt with a goal at the 40:51 mark. VanderMeulen and Flood then scored back-to-back goals 1:09 apart to bring Harvard to within 10-6 with 15:38 left in the game.

Neither team could connect over the next eight minutes, but Danielle Tetreault made it a 10-7 game with 7:22 left. Another pair of Harvard goals, scored with 5:59 and 4:14 remaining, brought the Crimson to within 10-9.

Freshman Kasey Wagner (Southborough, MA) won a critical draw control following the ninth Harvard goal, which eventually led to a goal by freshman Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) with 1:39 left on the clock, snapping the scoreless streak for the Bears. Rooke’s goal would prove to be the game-winner, as Melanie Baskind added Harvard’s 10th of the afternoon with 1:01 remaining.  

The Crimson had possession after that final goal, but sophomore Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) took over in Brown’s net, helping to preserve the win. After Baskind’s free position attempt with about 15 seconds remaining went wide, Micaela Cyr had another chance to tie the score, but Harvey made the stop. Harvard earned another free position shot with just one second left in the game, but Harvey made her seventh save of the day, as Brown held on for the win.

After three straight Ivy League contests, the Bears take a break from League play to host St. Mary’s (CA) on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

Pictured: Kaela McGilloway ’12. Photo by DSPics.net.