PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown has opened the season with a 3-0 record, its best start in over 17 years. The Bears travel to New Jersey this weekend for a 1:00 p.m. Ivy League game against Princeton, one of just two road games for Brown during the month of March. The Bears return home next week to host Holy Cross (Tuesday) and Quinnipiac (Friday).
LAST TIME OUT: Brown went 2-0 over the weekend, defeating Columbia, 11-10, in triple overtime on Saturday, and Manhattan, 10-4, on Sunday. In Saturday's win over the Lions, the Bears built a 5-0 lead on goals by junior Bre Hudgins (2), senior Tara Rooke (1), sophomore Janie Gion (1), and junior Grace Healy (1). Columbia got on the board with 9:13 left in the first half and added another two minutes later, before Hudgins closed out the first-half scoring to give Brown a 6-2 lead at the break. The Lions scored the first four goals of the second half to tie the score at 6-6, but goals by junior Danielle Mastro and Hudgins gave Brown an 8-6 lead with 14:39 left in the game. The teams traded goals with Abby Bunting giving Brown a 9-7 lead with 1:48 remaining. Columbia scored twice in the final 1:14 to force overtime. Hudgins' fourth of the game in the first overtime gave Brown a 10-9 lead, but the Lions would score just 1:06 later to tie the game at 10-10. Neither team scored in the second overtime, and Lindsay Minges put the game away with the game-winning goal, off a feed from Rooke, with two seconds left in the third overtime. Hudgins also led Brown with six draw controls, while Eris Roos had a team-high two caused turnovers. Kellie Roddy, who is this week's Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, earned the win with eight saves in net.
Sunday's game against Manhattan saw all 29 members of the team play, including several who saw the field for the first time in their collegiate careers. Janie Gion, Abby Bunting, and Lindsay Minges led the Bears with two goals each, while freshman Carolyn Westphal, Bre Hudgins, Grace Healy, and freshman Sarah Nesi all scored one. Bunting also had a team-high four ground balls, while Healy led the Bears with three draw controls and sophomore Hanna Organschi led the team with three caused turnovers. Roddy made four saves, allowing just one goal, in 47:21, while freshman Victoria Holland stopped four shots, allowing three goals, in 12:39. Brown never trailed in the game, scoring the first goal just 57 seconds in. Though Manhattan tied it at 1-1 three minutes later, the Bears scored three more times in the first half to hold a 4-1 lead at the break. The Bears opened the second half with five unanswered goals to lead, 9-1, with 12:39 remaining.
ALL-TIME VS. PRINCETON: Brown is 3-31 all-time against the Tigers dating back to the first game between the two teams in 1980. Princeton has won 22 straight games with Brown's last victory coming in 1991.
LAST YEAR AGAINST PRINCETON: Brown dropped an 18-8 decision to the Tigers last year at the Berylson Family Fields. Princeton's Jaci Gassaway led all scorers with 7 points (6g, 1a), while Cassie Pyle added four goals and an assist. Brown was led by Bre Hudgins '14 (Syracuse, NY), who scored three goals, andKaela McGilloway '12, tallied a goal and two assists. Danielle Mastro '14 (Endicott, NY) added a goal and an assist, while Lindsay Minges '13 (Rochester, NY) and Julia Keller '12 also scored. Abby Bunting '15 (Wellesley, MA) led Brown with five draw controls, while Erin Roos '14 (Wilmette, IL) had a team-high four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Isabel Harvey '13 made three saves, allowing nine goals, while Kellie Roddy '15 (Poway, CA) also had three saves and allowed nine goals.
ABOUT PRINCETON: The Tigers enter Saturday's game against Brown, their 2013 Ivy opener, with a 2-1 overall record. Princeton is receiving votes in both national polls and is coming off Sunday's 18-13 win over USC. Erin McMunn leads the team with 10 points (6g, 4a), while Anya Gersoff and Mary-Kate Sivilli have six goals each, with Gersoff adding two assists. Sarah Lloyd is also among the top five scorers with six assists on the season, all of which came against USC. Lloyd leads the team with 13 draw controls and six ground balls, while Liz Bannantine leads the Tigers with eight caused turnovers. In goal, Annie Woehling has a 9.58 GAA and a .350 save percentage with a 1-1 record, while Caroline Franke has a 10.51 GAA and a .625 save percentage with a 1-0 record.
Pictured: Tara Rooke '13. Photo by DSPics.net.