Bears Close Out Season at Home against #12 Cornell

THE GAME: The Bears will close out the 2012 season this afternoon against #12 Cornell. Brown is looking to finish the year on a strong note as it says farewell to the seven members of the Class of 2012: Nancy Baker, Anneke Baran, Natalie Cummins, Isabel Harvey, Julia Keller, Kaela McGilloway, and Margaret Polanin. Fans not in the Providence area can follow the game on live stats (free), live audio (free), or live video ($8).
 
LAST TIME OUT: Brown fell on the road to #9 Penn last Saturday, as the Quakers built an 11-2 lead en route to a 15-6 victory over the Bears. Brown was led by sophomore Bre Hudgins, who scored three goals, while seniors Kaela McGilloway and Julia Keller, and freshman Alexandra Crerend all scored one. Crerend added an assist to her goal to finish with two points. McGilloway, Keller, and sophomore Erin Roos all had two ground balls to lead Brown, while sophomore Grace Healy had a team-high six draw controls. Senior Isabel Harvey earned the start in net and recorded eight saves, allowing nine goals in the first half. Freshman Kellie Roddy played the second half and stopped six shots, allowing six goals.
  
ALL-TIME VS. CORNELL: All-time, Brown is 13-18 against the Big Red, though Cornell has won 12 straight contests, dating back to 2000. Brown's last win in the series was a 12-11 victory in 1999.

LAST MEETING VS. CORNELL: In the 2011 meeting against the Big Red, a 14-7 Cornell victory, Brown was led by Paris Waterman '11, who had three goals, and Tara Rooke '13, who scored twice. Julia Keller '12 added two points on a goal and an assist, while Kaela McGilloway '12 had a goal and Danielle Mastro '14 added an assist. Alexa Caldwell '11 had three draw controls, two ground balls, and one caused turnover, while Bre Hudgins '14 also had three draw controls. Isabel Harvey '12 recorded seven saves in 51:45, before giving way to Maggie Suprey '11, who played the final 8:15. After falling behind, 2-0, in the first 4:27, the Bears outscored Cornell, 3-2, over the next 17 minutes, as Waterman's first goal of the game brought Brown to within 4-3 with 8:02 left in the first half. However, Cornell would take a 5-3 lead just 1:11 after Waterman's goal and go on a six-goal run that ended at the 5:16 mark of the second half. Brown answered the run with three goals of its own, one from Keller and two from Waterman, in a span of seven minutes to come to within 10-6 with just over 15 minutes left in the game. However, Cornell would outscore Brown, 4-1, the rest of the way to account for the 14-7 victory.   
  
ABOUT CORNELL: The Big Red is coming off a nine-goal victory at Binghamton midweek, but the best news the team got this week was that it had earned a trip to the Ivy League Tournament thanks to other conference results. Cornell will compete in the league tournament for the first time since 2010. Against Binghamton, junior Kelly Lang led the way by scoring four goals, while junior Caroline Salisbury also had a hat trick with three. Cornell has eclipsed its win totals from each of the last three years and its goal totals from each of the last nine. The team is two wins away from equaling its 2006 total of 11. Cornell is led by senior Jessi Steinberg, who has 63 points (44g, 19a), while Salisbury adds 55 (38g, 17a) and senior Olivia Knotts has 43 points (29g, 14a).  Senior Katie Kirk has also notched at least 20 points with 23 (17g, 6a) on the season, while four other players have posted double digits in scoring. Senior Cacki Helmer leads the Big Red with 45 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers, while senior Shannon McHugh has a team-high 40 draw controls. Senior Kyla Dambach has played the majority of time in net this season and has posted a 10.72 GAA and a .349 save percentage in 11 games (5-4). Junior Courtney Gallagher has appeared in nine games (3-0) and has a 10.67 GAA with a .387 save percentage.