March 3, 2012

Bears Travel to New York for Ivy Opener at Columbia

PROVIDENCE, RI – Coming off a 16-3 season-opening loss to #14 Ohio State, the Brown women's lacrosse team (0-1) opens its 2012 Ivy campaign on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. contest at Columbia. The Bears will remain in New York until Sunday, as they face Manhattan at 1:00 on March 4th. Brown and Columbia are two of six Ivy League teams to play their League opener on Saturday, as Yale plays at Dartmouth and Cornell plays at Harvard.

Live stats for the Columbia game are available here.

LAST TIME OUT: In Saturday's loss to Ohio State, the Bears held an early 1-0 lead after senior Julia Keller (Concord, MA) finished a feed by senior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY). However, the Buckeyes would score 12 straight goals before Brown could get another one, a free position score by sophomore Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY). Ohio State extended its lead to 16-2 and junior Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) added the final goal of the game to account for the 16-3 result. Sophomore Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) led Brown with three draw controls, while freshman Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) added two. Sophomore Abbey Van Horne (Ridgewood, NJ) and McGilloway each had two ground balls to lead Brown, while three different players each registered one caused turnover. Senior Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) and freshman Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) split time in net and each posted three saves. Other Bears to make their career debut included freshmen Julia Carrellas (Middletown, RI), Alexandra Crerend (New Canaan, CT), Alyssa DiBona (Media, PA), Janie Gion (Northfield, IL), and Meghan O'Brien (Bethesda, MD).

ALL-TIME VS. COLUMBIA: Brown is 14-0 all-time against the Lions, after winning, 14-6, in Providence last season. The 2011 meeting was the first game between the two schools in recent history to be decided by more than five goals, as Brown posted a 14-12 win in 2010, a 15-10 win in 2009, an 11-7 win in 2008 and four straight one-goal victories from 2004-2007.

LAST YEAR VS. COLUMBIA: Kaela McGilloway '12 (Sea Cliff, NY) led eight different goal scorers with 7 points (3g, 4a) in a 14-6 victory over Columbia at the Berylson Family Fields. In addition to McGilloway's seven points, Alexa Caldwell '11 scored three goals, while Bre Hudgins '14 (Syracuse, NY) and Lindsay Minges '13 (Rochester, NY) each scored two. Brown took an early lead on Minges' first goal and built the lead to 2-0 just 19 seconds later on Caldwell's first. After Columbia got on the board, Brown scored four unanswered to take a 6-1 lead, and never looked back. Olivia Mann led Columbia with three goals, while Kacie Johnson had one goal and one assist. Isabel Harvey '12 (Baltimore, MD) made four saves in about 41 minutes, while Maggie Suprey '11 recorded six saves in 15 minutes, before giving way to Brienne Donovan '12, who made two saves in over three minutes.

ABOUT COLUMBIA: The Lions enter Saturday's game following Wednesday's 14-5 victory over Mt. St. Mary's, which evened their 2012 record at 1-1 after a 14-7 loss to American in their season opener. Columbia is led by Kacie Johnson, who has 10 points (5g, 5a), while Taylor Gattinella adds six points (5g, 1a) and Paige Cuscovitch has five points (5g). Gattinella and Cuscovitch share the team lead with five draw controls each, while Amanda Goodhart has a team-high eight ground balls and nine caused turnovers. Skylar Dabbar has played both games in the cage and has a 9.55 GAA with a .387 save percentage.

ALL-TIME VS. MANHATTAN: Brown is 2-0 all-time against the Jaspers, after winning, 17-9, in 2010. That game was also played the day after the Bears played at Columbia that season. Brown also posted an 18-8 victory over Manhattan, at home, in 2008.

LAST TIME VS. MANHATTAN: Kaela McGilloway '12 (Sea Cliff, NY) led Brown with 10 points (5g, 5a), while Katie DeLuca '13 scored three and Paris Waterman '11, Alexa Caldwell '11, and Tara Rooke '13 (Wilbraham, MA) all scored twice. Lindsay Minges '13 (Rochester, NY) added a goal and two assists, while Julia Keller '12 (Concord, MA) had a goal and an assist.  Isabel Harvey '12 (Baltimore, MD) recorded eight saves in 44 minutes, before giving way to Brienne Donovan '13.

ABOUT MANHATTAN: The Jaspers enter the weekend with a 1-2 record after falling to Stony Brook (19-3) and Wagner (16-9), and defeating Bucknell (13-12). Manhattan will face LIU on the road on Saturday at noon before hosting Brown on Sunday, as both teams will play back-to-back games this weekend. The Jaspers are led by Chrissy Gutenberger, who has 16 points (14g, 2a), while Donna Jo DiNorcia is second with six points (3g, 3a). Four different players have four draw controls to pace the team, while three different players have five ground balls. Breana Leonard and Amy Branchini both have five caused turnovers to lead the team. Christina Fiorinelli has played every minute in net and has a 15.67 GAA with a .412 save percentage.

Pictured: Danielle Mastro '14. Photo by DSPics.net.