Bears Travel to Cornell Saturday for Key Ivy Match Up
PROVIDENCE, RI – In the midst of a four-game skid, during which the Bears played three ranked opponents and dropped three games decided by four goals or less, including a double-overtime 13-12 loss to #3 Duke, Brown will look to get back in the win column on Saturday at Cornell. The game is the final road contest of the year, as the Bears close out the regular season with home games against St. Mary's, Penn and Yale.
THE LAST TIME OUT: Brown enters the contest following a heart-breaking, 13-12, double overtime loss to #3 Duke. Freshman Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) and sophomore Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) both scored four goals to lead Brown, but the Blue Devils were able to force overtime with 1:19 left in regulation and then finish the comeback 2:29 into the sudden victory overtime for the win. In addition to Hudgins, who also had two assists, and Minges, who added one assist, junior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) and senior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) also had multiple points in the win. Freshman Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) led all players with six draw controls, while Hudgins added three. Senior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) led the Bears with two caused turnovers, while five different players each had a pair of ground balls. Junior Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) recorded seven saves.
ABOUT BROWN: Brown enters the game with a 5-6 record (1-3 Ivy League) and is led by Kaela McGilloway (22g, 11a) and Bre Hudgins (28g, 4a). Paris Waterman and junior Julia Keller (Concord, MA) both have 18 points, while three other players, Alexa Caldwell, freshman Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) and Lindsay Minges have also reached double digits in scoring. Grace Healy has 51 draw controls on the season to lead the Bears, while establishing a new Brown single-season record, while sophomore Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA) leads the team with 21 ground balls and Caldwell paces Brown with 16 caused turnovers. Isabel Harvey has started 10 of the Bears' 11 games in net and has posted an 11.41 GAA and a .407 GAA. Senior Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA) has played in 10 of the 11 games, starting one, and has a 9.75 GAA and a .453 save percentage.
RANKED AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Entering Saturday's game against Duke, Grace Healy ranks fifth in the nation with 4.64 draw controls per game, while Bre Hudgins ranks 43rd in the nation with 2.55 goals per game and Alexa Caldwell ranks 43rd nationally with 1.45 caused turnovers per game. As a team, Brown was among the top 40 in the country in two categories, including scoring offense (39th – 11/36/game) and caused turnovers (10th – 9.91/game).
IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Kaela McGilloway continued to climb Brown's all-time career scoring leaders and enters the Cornell game ranked 12th all-time with 113 points, 15th all-time with 74 career goals, and sixth all-time with 39 career assists. Alexa Caldwell and Paris Waterman are currently 8th and 9th all-time at Brown, respectively, for career caused turnovers with 54 and 53. The duo also ranks among Brown's all-time career draw control leaders, as Caldwell is 11th with 61 and Waterman is 17th with 52. Isabel Harvey has moved into 8th all-time at Brown for career saves leaders and enters the Harvard game with 234. Grace Healy already holds the Brown record for draw controls in a single season with 51, which is 18th for career draw controls.
ABOUT CORNELL: Cornell is 3-7 (1-4 Ivy) in 2011, though five of its losses have come against top 20 teams. Led by junior Tewaaraton Trophy candidate Jessi Steinberg (26g, 3a) and two-year captain Libby Johnson (16g, 5a), the Big Red offense is scoring nearly nine goals per contest and averaging more than 27 shots per game. Sophomore Kate Ivory paces the defense in ground balls (25) and caused turnovers (19), while Steinberg and Katie Kirk (17g, 3a) each have a team-best 18 draw controls. In goal, Kyla Dambach (12.10 GAA, .345 save%) and Courtney Gallagher (9.11 GAA, .406 save%) each have seen significant time between the pipes.
BROWN vs. CORNELL: All-time, Brown is 14-17 against Cornell, which includes last year's 10-9 loss in Providence. In 2010, the Big Red scored the game-winning goal on a free position shot with just one second remaining for the one-goal victory. After a pair of free position goals by Paris Waterman gave Brown a 2-0 lead, Cornell would outscore the Bears, 4-1, in the rest of the half to take a 4-3 lead at the break. Lindsay Minges tied the score at 4-4 exactly one minute into the second half, but three straight goals by the Big Red in the next five minutes gave Cornell a 7-4 lead with 24:36 left to play. The two teams then traded goals over a span of 11 minutes, as Cornell maintained the three-goal lead, 9-6, with 8:17 remaining. Kaela McGilloway then took over for the Bears, scoring three goals in a six-minute stretch, tying the game at 9-9 with 1:13 left to play, before Cornell's game-winner in the final second. Waterman led the Bears with four draw controls and six ground balls.
Pictured: Alexa Caldwell '11. Photo by DSPics.net.