April 18, 2012

Yale Outscores Bears, 7-2, in Final 30 Minutes to Post 9-6 Victory

NEW HAVEN, CT – The Brown women's lacrosse team (6-6, 1-4) scored five of the game's first seven goals, building a 5-2 lead just 1:37 into the second half on a goal by sophomore Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY). However, the Yale defense, sparked by a 12-save effort from goalie Erin McMullan, held down the fort for the majority of the remaining 28 minutes, allowing the Bulldogs to come back for a 9-6 win over the Bears on Wednesday afternoon at Reese Stadium.

Brown opened the game with back-to-back unassisted goals from junior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) and Hudgins to take a 2-0 lead just 4:24 into the game. Yale got on the board when Cathryn Avallone converted a free position attempt with 6:02 gone in the half and neither team would score over the next nine minutes. Sophomore Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) increased Brown's lead to 3-1 with 14:13 left in the first half, but Caroline Crow answered for the Bulldogs just three minutes later to bring Yale to within a goal. Sophomore Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) found the back of the net with three seconds left before the break to give Brown a 4-2 lead.

After Hudgins increased the lead to 5-2 early in the second half, Crow's second goal of the afternoon eight minutes later sparked a 6-0 Yale run, which was capped by a Devon Rhodes goal with 12:01 left in the game.

Freshman Alexandra Crerend (New Canaan, CT) scored her 20th of the season with 5:23 remaining to bring Brown to within 8-6, but that was as close as the Bears would get, as Crow's fifth of the day with eight seconds left secured the 9-6 victory for Yale.

Crerend led the Bears with four ground balls and also added one draw control and one caused turnover, while Hudgins and Healy each had a team-high three draw controls. Freshman Alyssa DiBona (Media, PA) led Brown with four caused turnovers. Senior Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) earned the start in net and recorded five saves.

Brown continues action this Saturday, April 21st, when it travels to Philadelphia to face Penn in a 1:00 p.m. contest.