Balanced Attack Leads Bears Past Holy Cross, 13-6

PROVIDENCE, RI – Led by four different players who all tallied at least two goals, the Brown women's lacrosse team (4-2) claimed a 13-6 win over visiting Holy Cross (1-7) on Wednesday afternoon at the Berylson Family Fields.

Senior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) led the Bears with four points (3g, 1a), while junior Julia Keller (Concord, MA) added three points (2g, 1a) and junior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) and freshman Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) both had a pair of goals.

The opening 15 minutes of the game would prove to be critical for Brown, which trailed, 1-0, at the 6:47 mark on a goal by Meg O'Leary, who led all scorers with five points (4g, 1a). The Crusaders built a 7-2 advantage in shots during this time, while forcing junior Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) to make three of her eight saves in the first 15 minutes of play.

However, the Bears' defense held on and McGilloway finally got Brown on the board, connecting for her first of the day at 16:23 to spark a 4-0 run during the remainder of the half. Hudgins and Waterman scored on free position attempts 2:16 apart and then Keller assisted a goal by sophomore Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) 1:10 later.

Brown maintained momentum in the second half, with Waterman and Hudgins scoring unassisted goals 58 seconds apart to increase the lead to 7-1 just 4:36 into the second half.

A great defensive play by freshman Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) just shy of the seven-minute mark, turned into an end-to-end run by sophomore Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA), who finished the transition with her first career goal at 7:09, giving the Bears an 8-1 lead.

Kat Sutton got one back for Holy Cross at 8:52, but a goal by McGilloway and two by Keller, assisted by senior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) and Waterman, in a span of 1:58 gave the Bears a 10-2 advantage with 15:29 remaining.

Holy Cross scored on a pair of free position attempts, sandwiched around a goal by Caldwell, and then back-to-back scores by Waterman and freshman Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) gave Brown its largest lead of the day, 13-4, with 7:03 left in the game.

O'Leary closed the scoring with back-to-back goals, both unassisted, at 27:08 and 29:01 to account for the 13-6 final.

Defensively, Brown was led by Caldwell and Jacobs, who had three ground balls each, while Caldwell also caused three turnovers. Freshman Grace Healy (Bellport, NY), who ranks third nationally in draw controls, earned a team-high three draw controls.

Harvey earned the win with eight saves, while senior Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA) recorded one save on three shots in 7:02 of action.

For the game, Holy Cross outshot Brown, 27-23, and held a 13-8 advantage in draw controls. Brown edged Holy Cross in ground balls, 17-15, and earned 12 caused turnovers to the Crusaders' seven.

Brown continues action on Sunday afternoon, March 20th, when it hosts Bryant in a 1:00 p.m. contest. The winner of the game will be awarded the Ocean State Cup.  

Pictured: Paris Waterman '11. Photo by DSPics.net.