Bears Open Ivy Slate Saturday against Columbia; Host Manhattan Sunday

PROVIDENCE, RI – Coming off a 15-10 season-opening win at George Mason, the Brown women's lacrosse team (1-0) begins its 2013 Ivy campaign on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. contest against Columbia. The Ivy contest is the first of two games this weekend, as the team will host Manhattan at 1:00 on Sunday afternoon, as they play their first two games on the newly-turfed Stevenson Field. Brown and Columbia are two of six Ivy League teams to play their League opener on Saturday, as Cornell hosts Harvard and Yale hosts Dartmouth.

Fans not making the trip to Providence can follow all the action via either live video ($8), live audio (free) or live stats (free).

LAST TIME OUT: In Saturday's win at George Mason, junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) led seven different goal scorers with seven points (4g, 3a), while sophomore Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) scored four goals and sophomore Janie Gion (Northfield, IL) added three. Seniors Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) and Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) both had a goal and an assist, while junior Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) and sophomore Alyssa DiBona (Media, PA) each scored one goal. Junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) led the team with seven draw controls and three ground balls, while junior Marisa Dale (North Salem, NY) paced the Bears with two caused turnovers. Sophomore Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) earned her first win of the year with a pair of saves in net. The Bears largely controlled the game from the outset, erasing an early, 1-0, deficit with three straight goals. Brown never trailed again, but the Patriots did make things interesting late in the second half, coming to within 13-10 with just under seven minutes remaining. Hudgins helped to seal the win with back-to-back goals at the 58:11 mark and the 59:34 mark.

ALL-TIME VS. COLUMBIA: Brown is 15-0 all-time against the Lions, after winning, 14-10, in New York last season. The games in recent history have all been decided by five or fewer goals, with the exception of Brown's 14-6 win in 2011. The Bears 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 led eight different goal scorers with five points (3g, 2a) in a 14-10 victory over Columbia in New York. In addition to McGilloway's five points, Danielle Mastro '14 (Endicott, NY) had three goals and an assist, and Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) and Lindsay Minges '13 (Rochester, NY) each scored two goals. Julia Keller '12 recorded a goal and an assist in the win, while Bre Hudgins '14 (Syracuse, NY), Tara Rooke '13 (Wilbraham, MA) and Grace Healy '14 (Bellport, NY) each scored one goal. After the Lions took an early 1-0 lead, the Bears responded with two goals in less than a minute to take a 2-1 lead 5:19 into the game. A pair of Columbia goals less than a minute apart gave the visitors a 3-2 lead, but Brown scored three times in a span of 10 minutes to take a 5-3 lead with 7:30 left in the first half and never trailed again. The game remained as close as two-goals when Stevie Wells scored for the Lions 15 seconds into the second half, but Brown answered with a four-goal run to open up the game and take an 11-5 lead just five minutes after halftime. The Lions attempted several come-back attempts throughout the second half, but could never get closer than four goals and Brown held on for the win. Isabel Harvey '12 recorded seven saves to earn the victory.

ABOUT COLUMBIA: The Lions enter Saturday's game with a 1-1 record following a season-opening 15-4 win over Mt. St. Mary's last Saturday and a 16-9 loss to Lafayette on Wednesday. Columbia is led by Kacie Johnson, who has 11 points (9g, 2a), while Paige Cuscovitch adds seven points (6g, 1a) and Kelly Buechel has five points (4g, 1a). Buechel leads the team with six draw controls, while Buechel and Cuscovitch each have four caused turnovers to lead the team and Johnson has a team-high seven ground balls. Skylar Dabbar has started both games in goal and has posted an 8.81 GAA with a .423 save percentage, stopping 11 of 26 shots.

ALL-TIME VS. MANHATTAN: Brown is 3-0 all-time against the Jaspers, after winning, 9-2, in 2012, the first meeting between the two teams since 2010. Brown has hosted the Jaspers only one other time, earning an 18-8 victory in 2008.

LAST TIME VS. MANHATTAN: Kaela McGilloway '12 led Brown with four points (3g, 1a), while Bre Hudgins '14 (Syracuse, NY) added two goals and an assist and Grace Healy '14 (Bellport, NY) also scored two goals. Lindsay Minges '13 (Rochester, NY) also scored for the Bears, while Janie Gion '15 (Northfield, IL), Danielle Mastro '14 (Endicott, NY) and Abbey Van Horne '14 (Ridgewood, NJ) all recorded an assist. Alyssa DiBona '15 (Media, PA) led Brown with two caused turnovers and also added two draw controls. Isabel Harvey '12 and Kellie Roddy '15 (Poway, CA) both played a half in net and combined for eight saves.

ABOUT MANHATTAN: The Jaspers enter the weekend with an 0-2 record after falling to Rutgers, 15-5, on the road, and to Wagner, 14-9, at home. Manhattan is led by Carly Eskenazi, who has five points (4g, 1a), while Claire Roediger (3g) and Kelsey Rehain (2g, 1a) both have three points. Christina Fiorinelli leads the team with 10 ground balls, while Donna Jo DiNorcia has a team-high seven caused turnovers. Fiorinelli has played every minute in goal and has a 14.50 GAA with a .383 save percentage, stopping 18 of 47 shots. 

Pictured: Grace Healy '14. Photo by DSPics.net.