PROVIDENCE, RI – Eighth-year head coach Keely McDonald '00 and the Brown women's lacrosse team will open the 2012 season this Saturday, February 25th, with an 11:00 a.m. contest at #18 Ohio State (4-0). Live stats and live video for the game will be available through ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
The Bears return their top two scorers from a year ago and three of their top five, as 2011 All-Ivy honorees Kaela McGilloway '12 (Sea Cliff, NY) and Bre Hudgins '14 (Syracuse, NY) are joined by Julia Keller '12 (Concord, MA). The Bears will look to improve upon last year's 7-8 record (2-5 in the Ivy League). Under the leadership of captains Nancy Baker '12 (Upper Arlington, OH), Isabel Harvey '12 (Baltimore, MD), Keller and Lindsay Minges '13 (Rochester, NY), the Bears are playing for a top-four finish in the Ancient Eight and a trip to the Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament. Saturday's game against the Buckeyes is the only contest before Brown begins the Ivy schedule, as the Bears travel to Columbia next weekend for the 2012 Ivy opener.
McGilloway, Hudgins and Keller will look to lead Brown's attack, along with sophomore Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY), who finished sixth on the team in scoring a year ago. Those four will be joined by freshman Janie Gion (Northfield, IL) and Emily Klein (Pleasanton, CA), who will look to contribute immediately. Senior Natalie Cummins (Foothill, CA) also returns to the team after two years and will compete for playing time.
McGilloway returns as the Bears' leading scorer from a year ago, posting 50 points (31g, 19a), her second straight year with at least 50 points, en route to Second Team All-Ivy honors. A proven scorer and feeder, McGilloway is dangerous around the eight and remains a threat at all times. She enters her senior season ranked 7th all-time at Brown with 130 points, 10th with 83 career goals, and 6th with 47 assists. Keller had her best season last year, contributing 23 points (11g, 12a), while ranking second on the team in assists. Hudgins finished second on the team in scoring last season, earning 43 points (37g, 6a) and a team-high 37 goals. She was also third on the team in draw controls. Mastro also gained valuable experience as a freshman, finishing right behind Keller in scoring with 20 points (13g, 7a). All four will be counted on to help lead the attack and incorporate the freshmen for what could be a balanced attack.
Brown's midfield returns several familiar faces and will be led by Minges and sophomore Grace Healy (Bellport, NY). A two-year starter, Minges finished the 2011 season with 16 points (12g, 4a). Healy, who is a draw specialist, led Brown with 51 draw controls, setting a new Brown record for draw controls in a season. Healy split time between midfield and attack last year, contributing eight goals, but should see more time in the midfield in 2012. Juniors Kasey Wagner (Southborough, MA) and Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) also return to help lead the midfield. Rooke appeared in nine games last season, scoring four goals, while Wagner played in 14 and had three points (1g, 2a).
Baker and sophomores Lucinda Caldwell (Middletown, DE) also add experience to the Bears' midfield. Baker played in seven games, starting two, before suffering a season-ending injury. In seven games, she earned four points (3g, 1a) to go along with three ground balls, two caused turnovers and two draw controls. Caldwell appeared in eight games and posted two points (1g, 1a) as well as two ground balls and one draw control.
Freshmen Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA), Katie Bupp (Landisville, PA), Julia Carrellas (Middletown, RI), Alexandra Crerend (New Canaan, CT), Alyssa DiBona (Media, PA), and Meghan O'Brien (Bethesda, MD) along with sophomore Whitney Flynn (Concord, MA) and senior Anneke Baran (Alexandria, VA) will also look to contribute in the midfield.
Brown's defense will be led by junior Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA) and sophomores Abbey Van Horne (Ridgewood, NJ), Marissa Dale (North Salem, NY) and Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL). Dale and Roos may also see time at midfield. A three-year starter, Jacobs played in 15 games a year ago and had a team-high 26 ground balls to go along with nine draw controls and 12 caused turnovers, third on the team. Van Horne played in all 15 games, starting six, and contributed eight ground balls, six draw controls, and eight caused turnovers. Dale (12 games) and Roos (14 games) both saw more time in the midfield last year, but have moved into more of a defensive position. Dale had three ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover a year ago, while Roos earned 11 ground balls, seven draw controls, and 12 caused turnovers.
Harvey returns to anchor Brown between the pipes this season and enters the 2012 campaign already ranked 7th all-time at Brown with 259 career saves. She started 14 games last year and posted a 10.68 GAA and a .429 save percentage. Harvey will be challenged by newcomer Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA), who will push for playing time immediately.