PROVIDENCE, RI – Freshman Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) and sophomore Lindsey Minges (Rochester, NY) both scored four goals to lead the Brown women's lacrosse team (5-6), which was within minutes of upsetting #3 Duke (11-2) on Sunday afternoon at Stevenson Field.
After falling behind, 10-7, 5:36 into the second half, the Bears mounted a comeback, scoring four straight goals to take an 11-10 lead on Hudgins' third of the day with 13 minutes remaining in the game. Both teams had chances during the next 11 minutes, but Duke's Mollie Mackler and Brown junior goalie Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) both made big saves down the stretch, as Brown's lead remained 11-10 with under two minutes to play.
After a series of Duke shots failed to find the back of the net, Kat Thomas tied the game at 11-11 with 1:19 left to play, forcing overtime. Senior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) won the ensuing draw control for Brown and junior leading scorer Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) had a chance to win it with 30 seconds remaining, but Mackler came up big once again and the teams headed for the first overtime.
Duke won the opening draw control and spread out on the attack, looking for the scoring opportunity. Emma Hamm took a feed from Christie Kaestner and buried the one-timer past Harvey to give the Blue Devils a 12-11 lead 2:17 into the six-minute overtime. However, Brown tied the score at the 3:59 mark when Hudgins scored her fourth of the day off a feed from Minges.
After another save by Harvey, the Bears again had a late chance to win it when senior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) was awarded a free position attempt with 10 seconds remaining. Mackler again saved the shot and Duke was able to clear into the attack, but not before time ran out in the first overtime, setting up a three-minute sudden death period.
With each draw control becoming more and more valuable, sophomore Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA) won what was perhaps the biggest draw of the afternoon, giving the Bears' possession and a chance to win the game. Hudgins drove the cage from the top left and was able to get around her defenders, but Mackler made a big stop to set up the game-winning goal, scored by Wenger with 31 seconds left, and give her team what would be the final possession.
The Bears came out strong, grabbing an early 2-0 lead on goals by Minges and Hudgins, assisted by Caldwell, in the opening 4:34. After Duke got on the board with a free position goal at the 5:06 mark, McGilloway and Waterman scored a pair of goals sandwiched around a Duke score, as Brown held a 4-2 lead midway through the first half.
After three straight Duke goals in a span of 4:31 gave the Blue Devils a 5-4 lead with 5:23 left in the half, Hudgins tied the score at 5-5 with 2:52 remaining. Another Duke goal gave the visitors a brief 6-5 lead, but Minges scored off a feed from junior Julia Keller (Concord, MA) with 13 seconds left in the half, as the teams headed into the break knotted at 6-6.
The Blue Devils outscored Brown 4-1 in the opening 5:36 of the second half, with Brown's lone goal coming on a free position shot by Minges, which pushed the score to 10-7 in favor of Duke and set up the dramatic finish.
For the game, Duke outshot Brown, 32-24 and held a 16-13 advantage in draw controls. Both teams earned 12 ground balls, while both Mackler and Harvey finished with seven saves.
Hudgins led all scorers with six points (4g, 2a), while Minges finished the day with five (4g, 1a). For Brown, McGilloway (2g) and Caldwell (1g, 1a) also had multi-point games. Freshman Grace Healy (Bellport, NY), who tied Brown's single season draw control record against Harvard, won a game-high six draw controls to set a new Brown record for draw controls in a season (51). Brown had five different players with two ground balls each, while Waterman had a team-high two caused turnovers.
Brown returns to action next Saturday, April 16, when it travels to Ithaca, NY to face Cornell in a 1:00 p.m. contest.
Pictured: Lindsay Minges '13. Photo by DSPics.net.