Bears Fall to #17 Princeton, 17-5

PRINCETON, NJ – Princeton scored the game's first goal just 2:13 in and never looked back, building a 10-0 halftime lead, as the 17th-ranked Tigers (3-1, 1-0) earned a 17-5 win over the Brown women's lacrosse team (3-2, 1-1) on Saturday afternoon in New Jersey.

The Bears could not get anything going offensively in the first 30 minutes, taking just seven shots, five of which were saved by Erin Tochihara and one of which hit the post. Both teams were plagued by turnovers in the first half, but Princeton was able to capitalize on 10 of its 17 first-half shots to open up the 10-0 lead.

Senior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) got Brown on the board 1:29 into the second half and then won the ensuing draw control, before a goal by junior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) 37 seconds later cut the lead to 10-2. However, the Tigers would answer with two goals of their own to keep the lead at 10 goals.

A score by freshman Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) with 21:01 remaining brought Brown to within 12-3, but two more goals by Princeton gave the Tigers a 14-3 lead just 1:40 later.

McGilloway tried to spark the Bears with her second of the day, but again Princeton responded with two goals, building a 16-4 lead with 6:43 left in the game. Hudgins got one more for Brown, while another Tigers' goal with 2:34 remaining accounted for the 17-5 final.

Four different players – Waterman, senior Krissi Penikis (Swarthmore, PA), freshman Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY), and junior goalie Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) led Brown with two ground balls each, while Waterman and Mastro each caused two turnovers. Freshman Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) earned a game-high six draw controls to lead Brown.

Harvey made five saves, allowing 14 goals, in 41:15, before giving way senior Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA), who made one save and allowed three goals in 18:45.

Brown continues action on Wednesday afternoon, March 16th, when it hosts Holy Cross in a 5:00 p.m. contest.

Pictured: Bre Hudgins '14. Photo by DSPics.net.