PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown women's lacrosse team used a balanced offense and solid defense to defeat Manhattan, 10-4, in a non-conference contest Sunday afternoon on Stevenson Field. The win improves the Bears record to 3-0 overall, while the Jaspers fall to 0-3 on the season.
Senior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) got Brown on the board early with an unassisted goal just 57 seconds after the opening draw. The lead was be short lived, however, as Carly Eskenazi would score a free-position goal at 3:34, tying the game at 1-1. Minges responded with her second of the game, fourth of the season, at 4:40 to give the Bears a 2-1 lead. Neither team would score again for more than 10 minutes, but sophomore Janie Gion (Northfield, IL) broke the drought at 15:58, converting a feed from senior Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA). Freshman Sarah Nesi (Westport, CT) closed the scoring in the first half, netting her first career goal with 3:01 remaining to give the Bears a 4-1 lead at the break.
Brown opened the second half with a 5-0 run, building its biggest lead of the game, 9-1. Junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) scored the first goal of the second half on a free-position opportunity at 33:21 and sophomore Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) tallied an unassisted goal at 37:14, as Brown led 6-1.
Junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) tacked on another Brown goal just over two minutes later, before sophomore Julia Carrellas (Middletown, RI) found Bunting in the middle of the eight-meter and Bunting scored her second of the afternoon to give the Bears an 8-1 lead.
Gion added her second of the game, assisted by junior Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY), to close out the run and give the Bears an eight-goal margin with 12:39 left to play.
Following Brown's ninth goal, freshman Victoria Holland (Huntington, NY) made her career debut, replacing Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) between the pipes. Roddy made four saves for the Bears in 47:21 of action, allowing just the first goal. Holland was immediately tested after the Jaspers won the ensuing draw. Manhattan's Domenica O'Brey looked to make a quick-stick strike after receiving a pass while jumping across the front of the crease. However, Holland read the play beautifully, positioning herself to make the save.
Manhattan would score the game's next three goals, to cut Brown's lead to 9-4 with 5:08 left to play. Claire Kerrisk (49:21), Eskenazi (50:49), and Kelsey Rehain (54:52) all tallied for the Jaspers. Freshman Carolyn Westphal (Lancaster, PA) added the game's final goal, the first of her career, with just over four minutes remaining.
For the game, Brown held a slight 9-7 lead in draw controls. Healy led all players with three and six other Bears each had one. The Brown defense caused 16 turnovers, paced by three from sophomore Hanna Organschi (Guilford, CT). Christina Fiorinelli made 11 saves in net for the Jaspers. Holland added four saves to Roddy's four for a total of eight for the Bears.
Brown continues action next weekend when it travels to New Jersey to face the Princeton Tigers in a 1:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, March 9.
Pictured: Abby Bunting '15. Photo by DSPics.net.