PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown women’s lacrosse team (4-3) built a 12-0 lead, while holding visiting St. Mary’s (3-6) scoreless for the first 29:40 of the game, and went on to earn an 18-4 victory over the Gaels on a rain-soaked Berylson Family Field Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) led 11 different goal scorers with four goals, while senior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) added three. Sophomores Julia Keller (Concord, MA) and Margaret Polanin (Chatham, NJ) each scored two times, while freshman Sasha Sassoon (London, England) notched a goal and two assists, as 13 different players posted at least one point in the win.
Brown started off slowly, with freshman Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) and McCarthy each scoring a goal in the opening 10 minutes of play. While they scored only the pair of goals, the Bears were relentless on the defensive side of the ball, limiting St. Mary’s successful clears and preventing a single shot by the Gaels during this time.
McGilloway (two goals) and McCarthy increased Brown’s lead to 5-0 with three goals for the Bears over the next 10 minutes, but the Bears settled in during the final 10 minutes of the half, scoring seven goals during the last nine minutes.
McGilloway gave Brown a 6-0 lead with her third of the season and then back-to-back goals by Keller 23 seconds apart increased the Bears’ advantage to 8-0 with 7:17 left in the half. McGilloway notched her fourth of the afternoon with six minutes remaining, before goals by McCarthy, senior Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY) and sophomore Katelyn Caro (Andover, MA) in a span of 50 seconds gave Brown a 12-0 lead with 1:05 left before halftime.
Jillian Chong finally solved the Bears’ defense with 20 seconds left in the half, as the Bears held a comfortable lead at the break.
The two teams traded goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half with junior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) and freshman Lily Ricci (Cincinnati, OH) notching Brown goals sandwiched around a tally for the Gaels.
The Bears put the game away over the final nine minutes, outscoring St. Mary’s, 4-2 during this time, including a goal and two assists from Sassoon.
Sassoon and junior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) led the Bears with four ground balls each, while four other players had three. Caldwell also led Brown with four draw controls, while four different Bears each had a pair of caused turnovers.
Sophomore Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) allowed two goals on seven shots in 41:08, before giving way to freshman Brienne Donovan (Pine Township, PA), who made one save on two shots in relief.
The Bears continue action on Saturday, April 3, when they host
Dartmouth in a 12:00 noon Ivy League contest.
Pictured: Julia Keller ’12. Photo by DSPics.net.