Bears Resume Ivy League Play Saturday against #9 Dartmouth

THE GAME: The Bears enter Saturday’s game against Dartmouth following an 18-4 win over St. Mary’s. Brown will look to even its Ivy League record this afternoon, as the Bears are 1-2 in League play after posting a win over Harvard and losses to Princeton and Yale. After today’s game, the second straight at home for Brown, the Bears hit the road for three games next week; at Bryant, Columbia, and Manhattan. Fans who can't make it to Providence on Saturday can follow the game live on BrownBears.com via either livestats (free), audio (free), and/or video ($7.00).

The Bears will also be celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday in conjunction with the game against Dartmouth and RI Lax Day. Saturday's events start at 8:00 Saturday morning with youth scrimmages running until 11:00 on Berylson Family Fields. All attendees are then invited to Brown's game against the Big Green on Stevenson Field. National Girls and Women in Sports Day t-shirts will be given out to the first 200 fans aged 12 and under and fans will have the chance to compete for a free Dominos Pizza at halftime. Following the conclusion of the game, the women's lacrosse team invites all youth lacrosse players over to Meister Kavan for a mini lacrosse clinic.

LAST TIME OUT: Against the Gaels on Tuesday, sophomore Kaela McGilloway paced 11 different goal scorers with four goals, while senior Molly McCarthy added three and sophomores Margaret Polanin and Julia Keller each scored two. Several players earned the first points of their career, with freshman Sasha Sassoon posting a goal and two assists, freshman Lily Ricci scoring a goal, and sophomore Nancy Baker notching an assist. Other goal scorers included senior Kara Kelly (1g, 1a), junior Paris Waterman (1g, 1a), sophomores Julianne Bishop (1g) and Katelyn Caro (1g), and freshman Lindsay Minges (1g, 1a). Junior Alexa Caldwell led 15 different players who all had at least one ground ball with a game-high four. Caldwell also led the Bears with four draw controls, while Baker added two. Sophomore Isabel Harvey recorded five saves (2 goals against) in 41:08, before giving way to freshman Brienne Donovan, who made 1 save (2 goals against) in her collegiate debut (18:52).  

ALL-TIME VS. DARTMOUTH: Brown is 11-25-1 all-time against the Big Green, after last year’s loss. Brown’s last victory over Dartmouth came in 2008 when the Bears upset the Big Green, then ranked #20 in the country, 8-5. The win in 2008 was Brown’s first since 1997, as Dartmouth has gone 11-1 since the 1998 season.
 
LAST YEAR VS. DARTMOUTH: In the 2009 contest, Dartmouth raced out to an 11-0 first-half lead and never looked back, extending that lead to 15-0, before Katelyn Caro ’12 got Brown on the board 9:46 into the second half. Dartmouth scored its 16th of the day about four minutes later, as both teams were kept off the scoreboard in the final 16 minutes of play. One highlight of the contest was Brown’s ability to control the draws, winning 13 of the 19 draw controls taken in the game. Isabel Harvey ’12 recorded six saves in net.

TODAY’S OPPONENT: After dropping a 9-8 decision to New Hampshire to open its season on February 27th, Dartmouth was perfect during the month of March, going 6-0, while earning wins over #8 Notre Dame (12-8), #6 Syracuse (17-10), both on the road, and #18 Boston University (15-10). The Big Green are also perfect in Ivy League play, having defeated Columbia, 15-1, and Yale, 12-5. Greta Meyer ’11 currently leads the Big Green with 35 points (20g, 15a), while Kat Collins ’11 (15g, 4a), Sarah Parks ’12 (15g, 4a), and Sarah Plumb ’12 (12g, 7a) all have 19 points on the season. Plumb also leads the team with 16 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers, while Colleen Olsen ’10 leads the team with 20 draw controls. Julie Wadland ’10 has seen the majority of time in net this season and has a 6.63 GAA to go along with a .526 save percentage.

Pictured: Sidney Jacobs ’13. Photo by DSPics.net.