Bears Host Harvard in Second Annual “Lax for Lupus” Game
PROVIDENCE, RI – Coming off a pair of road losses to ranked teams (12-8 to #9 Stanford and 17-5 to #18 Dartmouth), the Brown women's lacrosse team (5-4, 1-2) returns home for the first time since March 20th to host Ivy foe Harvard in a 6:00 p.m. game on Friday. The game marks the second annual "Lax for Lupus" game, with all ticket revenue being donated to the Lupus Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter. Tickets are $5 for adults, while Brown students (with an ID) and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.
In addition to ticket revenue, the Bears will also be selling Lax for Lupus sunglasses and bracelets and will be raffling off a gift basket (which includes gift certificates from Thayer Street establishments Paragon, Spats, Baja, Meeting Street, Nice Slice, Antonio's, and Toldeo) at halftime of the Harvard game.
"With the personal connection that I have to Lupus, I was happy that the team chose to continue with our efforts to support this cause this year," said senior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE), co-chair of the Lax for Lupus committee. "Given the success we had with Lax for Lupus in our first year, we were excited to continue with this fundraiser this year. Hopefully after I graduate, this will be something the team continues with for many years to come! We have already seen significant strides being made in regards to the treatment of Lupus with the first drug in over 50 years being FDA approved just a couple of months ago! We are also excited for this year's game to be against Ivy foe Harvard as well as our first game on Stevenson Field."
Junior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY), Chair of the Lax for Lupus committee, said, "We are looking forward to a great Ivy battle against Harvard, and we continue to thank everyone for supporting our team in our endeavor to spread awareness about Lupus and making this event a
Fans are encouraged to wear purple to the game. Donations can also be made at the field or online at http://www.firstgiving.com/laxforlupus
THE LAST TIME OUT: Brown enters the contest following a 17-5 loss to #18 Dartmouth. Paris Waterman helped erase a 2-0 deficit with a pair of goals to tie the game at 2-2 13:44 into the game. However the Big Green utilized a 6-0 run to build an 8-2 lead at the 25:41 mark. Goals by freshman Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) and Waterman temporarily halted Dartmouth's momentum, but the Big Green scored three more goals before halftime and stretched the run to nine goals with the first six scores of the second half to take a 17-4 lead with 10 minutes left. Junior Julia Keller's (Concord, MA) eighth goal of the year accounted for the 17-5 final. Junior goalie Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) recorded five saves (11 goals against) in the first 30 minutes, while senior Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA) made seven saves (six goals against) in the second half. Freshman Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) had a game-high six draw controls, while sophomore Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA) and Suprey led Brown with three ground balls.
ABOUT BROWN: Kaela McGilloway leads the Bears in scoring with 29 points (20g, 9a) and is second on the team in goals behind Bre Hudgins' 22. Hudgins ranks second on the team with 24 points, while Julia Keller is third with 17 points (8g, 9a), and Paris Waterman is fourth with 16 points (13g, 6a). Senior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) and freshman Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) have also reached double digits in scoring with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Grace Healy has 41 draw controls on the season to lead the Bears, while Sidney Jacobs leads the team with 19 ground balls and Caldwell paces Brown with 13 caused turnovers. Isabel Harvey has started all nine games and has an 11.42 GAA with a .417 save percentage, while Maggie Suprey has played in all nine games and has an 8.18 GAA and a .500 save percentage.
RANKED AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Entering Friday's game against Harvard, Grace Healy ranks fifth in the nation with 4.56 draw controls per game. As a team, Brown was among the top 40 in the country in three categories, including caused turnovers (9th – 10.44/game), scoring offense (36th – 11.56/game), and winning percentage (39th – 0.556).
IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Kaela McGilloway continued to climb Brown's all-time career scoring leaders and enters the Harvard game ranked 13th all-time with 109 points, 16th all-time with 72 career goals, and sixth all-time with 37 career assists. Alexa Caldwell and Paris Waterman are currently tied for 10th all-time at Brown for career caused turnovers with 51. The duo also ranks among Brown's all-time career draw control leaders, as Caldwell is 13th with 56 and Waterman is 17th with 51. Isabel Harvey has moved into 8th all-time at Brown for career saves leaders and enters the Harvard game with 227. Grace Healy already ranks second all-time at Brown for draw controls in a single season, as her 41 is just four shy of tying the season record and two shy of entering Brown's all-time top-20 for career draw controls.
ABOUT HARVARD: Harvard boasts a .500 record at 4-4 after going 3-1 at home in its last four outings and is coming off an 18-17 loss to #7 Virginia. Ten Crimson players have found the back of the net for a team that averages 13.2 goals per game. Jennifer VanderMeulen paces the offense with 25 goals and an assist for 26 points. Danielle Tetreault (18g, 3a), Jess Halpern (19g, 1a) and Melanie Baskind (15g, 3a), have been scoring threats for the Crimson, which leads the Ivy League and is 21st in the nation in scoring offense. Micaela Cyr leads the team and is second in the Ivy League in draw controls with 21, while Baskind leads the team with 14 ground balls. Ellen Gleason paces the Crimson with nine caused turnovers. Kerry Clark has made 51 saves in the cage and sports an 11.25 goals-against average.
BROWN vs. HARVARD: All-time, Brown is 10-26 against Harvard, but the Bears have won the previous two meetings, claiming a 12-8 win in Providence in 2009 and a 10-9 victory in Cambridge last season. In the 2010 meeting, Brown built an 8-2 lead on a free position goal by Paris Waterman 2:16 before halftime. However, the Crimson scored the final goal of the first half to cut the lead to 8-3. After Brown extended its lead to 10-3 with the first two goals of the second half, Harvard went on a 6-0 run to come to within 10-9 with 4:14 remaining. Sophomore Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) scored what would prove to be the game-winner with 1:39 left, before Harvard got one more before the final whistle for the 11-10 final. Isabel Harvey made seven saves.