Women's Lacrosse to Host Columbia in Ivy Opener

THE GAME: The Bears enter Saturday's Ivy opening game against Columbia following a 15-8 loss to Boston University in their home opener on Tuesday afternoon. Brown and Columbia are two of six Ivy League teams to play their League opener today, as Harvard visits Cornell and Dartmouth plays at Yale.  

LAST TIME OUT: In Tuesday's loss to Boston University, Brown was led by senior Paris Waterman, who scored three goals, while junior Kaela McGilloway and freshman Danielle Mastro each scored twice. Freshman Grace Healy also scored, while senior Alexa Caldwell and junior Julia Keller both had one assist. Junior Isabel Harvey stopped three shots in the first half, while senior Maggie Suprey made one save in the second half. Healy had a strong day on the draw, coming up with a game-high six draw controls, while  sophomore Sidney Jacobs led Brown with two caused turnovers. Jacobs, Keller and sophomore Lindsay Minges all had two ground balls to pace the Bears in that category. Brown led Boston University in most stat categories, outshooting the Terriers, 35-21, earning 13 ground balls to BU's 12, and winning the draw controls, 14-10. A big difference was the percentage on free position attempts, as BU was 5-6 and Brown was 2-11.     

ALL-TIME VS. COLUMBIA: Brown is 13-0 all-time against the Lions, after winning, 14-12, in New York last year. Including the 2010 game, the two teams have played some close games in each of the past few seasons, including four straight one-goal victories from 2004-2007, the first three of which saw the winning goal scored in the game's final minute. Brown won 11-7 in 2008 and 15-10 in 2009.
 
LAST YEAR VS. COLUMBIA: Paris Waterman '11 helped lead Brown past the Lions with five goals and an assist, while Lindsay Minges '13, Alexa Caldwell '11, and Kara Kelly '10 all had two goals in the victory. Kaela McGilloway '12 also posted multiple points with one goal and two assists. The Bears held an 11-6 advantage at the half after opening the game with four straight goals, scored by Caldwell, Kelly, Minges and Waterman. After a Columbia goal, the two teams traded scoring for the rest of the half. The Lions fought back into the game in the second, outscoring Brown, 6-3, but after a pair of goals by Columbia at 10:11 and 5:26, Brown did not allow another score, holding on for the two-goal win. Isabel Harvey '12 finished with six saves, while Kelly led Brown with two caused turnovers. Tara Rooke '13 had a team-high three ground balls and three players (Waterman, Minges and Margaret Polanin '12) all had two draw controls.

TODAY'S OPPONENT: The Lions enter today's game following a 9-8 loss to Monmouth in their season opener. Kacie Johnson, Olivia Mann and Paige Cuscovitch led Columbia with two goals each, while Karlee Blank recorded 12 saves. Amanda Goodhart and Flannery Gallagher each had three caused turnovers and Mollie Andreae had a team-high four ground balls. The Hawks scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes to play, snapping an 8-8 tie 17 seconds after a Columbia goal had knotted the game.   

Pictured: Alexa Caldwell '11. Photo by DSPics.net.