May 9, 2010

Bears Close Season with Loss to #5 Duke

DURHAM, NC - The Brown women's lacrosse team (7-8) closed out its 2010 season on Sunday morning with a 23-9 loss to #5 Duke. Sophomore Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) led the Bears with two goals and an assist, while seven other players also scored. With the nine goals, Brown finishes the season with 162 goals on the year, breaking a 19-year old school record for goals scored in a season (160). McGilloway also finished the year with 51 points, which ranks 7th all-time at Brown for points in a season, while her 36 goals also ranks 7th all-time at Brown. Both totals are the highest for a Bears' player since the 1996 season.

Brown opened the scoring just 1:42 into the game when freshman Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) scored her seventh goal of the year. Duke answered with a pair of goals just 21 seconds apart to grab a 2-1 lead, but freshman Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) notched an unassisted score at the 7:41 mark to tie the score at 2-2.

Again, Duke responded with two goals to take a 4-2 lead, but sophomore Katelyn Caro's (Andover, MA) 8th of the year 12:34 into the half kept Brown within striking distance.

However, the Blue Devils scored four straight goals in a span of 1:34 to take their biggest lead of the day, 8-3, at the midway point of the half. McGilloway's first of the game with 13:18 remaining halted the momentum, but Duke responded 20 seconds later to reclaim the five goals lead, 9-4.

Momentum then swung towards Brown's favor, as four straight goals by the Bears made it a one-goal game with 5:55 remaining in the first half. Sophomore Julia Keller (Concord, MA), junior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE), sophomore Nancy Baker (Upper Arlington, OH), and senior Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY), assisted by McGilloway, all scored during the run, which brought Brown to within 9-8.

However, Duke closed the half with five straight goals to take a 14-8 lead at the break.

The two teams opened the second half with Kat Thomas and McGilloway trading goals in the opening three minutes. After nine minutes of scoreless action, Duke went ahead, 16-9, and never looked back, closing the game on an 8-0 run.

Freshman Brienne Donovan (Pine Township, PA) earned the start in net and recorded seven saves, while leading the Bears with four ground balls.