PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Brown women's lacrosse team (6-7, 1-5) fell behind, 11-2, to Penn (7-5, 5-1) and couldn't recover, dropping a 15-6 decision to the Quakers on Saturday at Franklin Field. Trailing, 9-2, at the half and then 11-2 just 3:35 after the break, Brown scored three goals to cut the deficit to 11-5. However, the Bears could get no closer than six goals, 12-6, as Penn scored three goals in the final 4:39 to account for the 15-6 final.
Brown was led by sophomore Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY), who scored three goals, while seniors Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) and Julia Keller (Concord, MA), and freshman Alexandra Crerend (New Canaan, CT) all scored one. Crerend added an assist to her goal to finish with two points.
After Penn jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening 6:44, Hudgins connected on a free position shot for her first of the day at the 10:38 mark to get Brown on the board.
However, Penn answered with a four-goal run to stretch its lead to 8-1 with 8:02 left in the first half. After McGilloway scored her 22nd of the season at 23:58 to bring Brown to within 8-2, Penn scored the final goal of the half to hold a 9-2 lead at the break.
The Quakers opened the second half with two more goals to build an 11-2 lead, but Hudgins' second of the day sparked a three-goal run for Brown, as Keller made it 11-4 with 18:13 left in the game, and Hudgins' third goal brought Brown to within 11-5 with 16:49 remaining.
Penn's 12th goal temporarily halted Brown's momentum, but Crerend answered with 7:07 left in the game to cut the lead to six goals, 12-6.
However, Crerend's goal would be the final score for the Bears, as Penn closed the game with three straight goals.
Senior Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) earned the start in net and recorded eight saves, allowing nine goals in the first half. Freshman Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) played the second half and stopped six shots, allowing six goals.
Brown continues action on Saturday, April 28th, when it hosts Cornell in a 12:00 noon Ivy contest. The game also marks senior day for the Bears' class of 2012.