March 13, 2012

Bears Travel to Holy Cross for First of Four Straight Non-League Games

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THE GAME: The Bears enter Tuesday's game at Holy Cross following an 18-8 loss to #14 Princeton on Saturday. Brown freshman Julia Carrellas (Middletown, RI) will faceoff against her older sister, Maddie Carrellas, who is a junior on the Holy Cross team. The game is the first of four straight non-league contests, as Brown hosts Quinnipiac on Sunday, March 18th, before facing Bryant on Tuesday March 20th in the Third Annual Ocean State Cup Game, and then hosting Stanford on March 25th.

LAST TIME OUT: In Saturday's loss to Princeton, Brown came out flat in the first half, as the Tigers built a 6-0 lead and then stretched it to 9-1 before a pair of goals by sophomore Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) closed the half to bring Brown to within 9-3 at the break. After Princeton scored the first goal of the second half to go up, 10-3, Hudgins and junior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) scored back-to-back goals in a span of four minutes to bring Brown to within five. That was as close as the Bears would get, however, as Princeton answered with a three-goal run. After the two teams traded goals to make it 14-6 in the Tigers' favor, freshman Alexandra Crerend (New Canaan, CT) and senior Julia Keller (Concord, MA) answered to close the gap to 14-8. However, Princeton would finish the game by scoring four straight goals, the final three of which came with Brown's goalie out of the net. Senior Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) recorded three saves in the first 20:50, before giving way to freshman Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA), who stopped three shots in the final 39:10. Hudgins led Brown with three goals, while senior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) also had three points on a goal and two assists. Sophomore Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) and Crerend both tallied a goal and an assist. Sophomore Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) led Brown with four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while freshman Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) led the team with five draw controls.
   
ALL-TIME VS. HOLY CROSS: Brown is 14-1 all-time against the Crusaders after earning a 13-6 win at home last year. The meeting in 2011 marked the first time the two teams had faced each other since the 2007 season, when Brown posted a 9-8 win. The lone Holy Cross victory in the series came during the 2005 season, when the Crusaders edged Brown, 6-5.

LAST MEETING VS. HOLY CROSS: In last year's 13-6 Brown victory, the Bears opened with a 4-1 first-half lead, as Kaela McGilloway '12, Bre Hudgins '14, Paris Waterman '11, and Lindsay Minges '13, helped the Bears erase an early, 1-0, deficit by scoring the final four goals of the half. Brown extended its lead to 7-1 with Waterman, Hudgins, and Sidney Jacobs '13 scoring the first three goals of the second half. Holy Cross scored its second goal at the 38:52 mark, but Brown answered with three more goals to take a 10-2 lead. Holy Cross would outscore Brown, 4-3, in the final 14 minutes, but could get no closer than the 13-6 final. Brown was led by a four-point (3g, 1a) game by Waterman, while Julia Keller '12 added three points (2g, 1a). For Holy Cross, Meg O'Leary scored a game-high four goals and added an assist for a five-point game, while Kat Sutton scored two goals. Isabel Harvey '12 finished with eight saves in 52:58, while Maggie Suprey '11 stopped one shot in 7:02.
 
TODAY'S OPPONENT: The Crusaders are 2-4 on the season and enter Tuesday's game following a 12-8 victory over American. After opening the season with losses to UMass (18-8) and Boston College (16-5), Holy Cross picked up its first win on February 22nd, a 14-5 victory over Bryant. The Crusaders dropped back-to-back games at Yale (17-13) and High Point (13-12) prior to their win over American. Holy Cross is led by Taylor Zebrowski, who has 20 points (14g, 6a), while Kayla DiBari (10g, 4a), Sara Hennessey (11g, 1a), and Laura Ryan (8g, 3a) have all reached double digits in scoring. Sarah Weber leads the team with 14 ground balls, while Ryan has a team-high 29 draw controls and Maddie Carrellas leads the team with 7 caused turnovers. Weber has played the majority of time in net, starting all six games, and has earned a 12.90 GAA and a .365 save percentage.

Pictured: Erin Roos '14 leads the Bears with 5 caused turnovers. Photo by DSPics.net.