PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown opens a four-game homestand Tuesday afternoon with a 4:00 p.m. contest against Holy Cross at Stevenson Field. The Bears will also host Quinnipiac on Friday afternoon, a game that was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 16th, at Quinnipiac, but recently moved to Brown. The Bears are 3-1 on the season after falling to Princeton in New Jersey, 18-11, on Saturday afternoon. Tuesday's game will pit Brown sophomore Julia Carrellas (Middletown, RI) against her older sister, Maddie Carrellas, a senior on the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team.
Junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) currently leads the team in scoring with 17 points (14g, 3a), while sophomore Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) is second on the team with 10 points, all goals. Seniors Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) and Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) and sophomore Janie Gion (Northfield, IL) all have seven points and round out the top five scorers on the team. Defensively, Brown is led by junior Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL), who has seven caused turnovers, and sophomore Hanna Organschi (Guilford, CT), who has four caused turnovers. Bunting leads the team with 11 ground balls, while Hudgins is second with seven. Junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) continues her dominance on the draw and leads the team with 21 draw controls, while Hudgins is second with 15. With 116 throughout her career, Healy is just six draw controls away from breaking Brown's career draw control record of 121, held by Bekah Rottenberg '03.
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LAST TIME OUT: Brown dropped its first game of the young season, falling 18-11 at Princeton on Saturday. The Bears held a 3-1 lead 12 minutes into the game, and then a 4-2 lead with 14:17 left in the first half, but the Tigers outscored Brown, 8-1, during the final 12 minutes of the first half to take a 10-5 lead at the break. Princeton built its lead to 16-7 just past the midway point of the second frame, before Brown scored a pair to cut the lead to 16-9 with 12:32 left in the game. The teams would alternate goals during the final nine minutes, as Brown could never get closer than five goals. Junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) led the Bears with four goals, while sophomore Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) scored three. Senior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) had a pair of goals, while senior Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) and freshman Sarah Nesi (Westport, CT) both tallied one. Junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) led Brown with six draw controls, while Hudgins added four, as the Bears controlled the draw, 18-11. Bunting and sophomore Alyssa DiBona (Media, PA) both had three ground balls to lead the team, while junior Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) paced Brown with three caused turnovers. Sophomore Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) stopped six shots in goal.
ALL-TIME VS. HOLY CROSS: Brown is 14-2 all-time against the Crusaders after earning falling, 11-10, in Worcester last season. The Bears' last win over Holy Cross was a 13-6 victory at Brown's Berylson Family Fields during the 2011 season, which marked the first time that the two teams played each other since 2007.
LAST YEAR AGAINST HOLY CROSS: The Bears stormed out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Abby Bunting '15 (Wellesley, MA), Bre Hudgins '14 (Syracuse, NY) and Julia Keller '12 in the opening 11 minutes, before Corinne Caracausa got Holy Cross on the board with 18:26 left in the first half. Keller scored her second of the day 1:16 later to give the Brown a 5-1 lead. However, Holy Cross closed the half by scoring six straight goals to take a 7-5 lead at the break, and then extended that lead to 9-5 with the first two scores of the second half. Back-to-back goals by Danielle Mastro '14 (Endicott, NY) and Kaela McGilloway '12 cut the lead to 9-7, but Caracausa scored her second to put the Crusaders on top, 10-7, with 21:54 left in the game. Neither team would score for over 15 minutes, but back-to-back goals by Grace Healy '14 (Bellport, NY) and Julia Carrellas '15 (Middletown, RI) just 14 seconds apart brought Brown to within 10-9 with 6:35 remaining. The Crusaders scored what would prove to be the game-winner with 3:42 left and Keller's third of the day with 42 seconds on the clock accounted for the 11-10 final. Healy led Brown with three draw controls, while four different players all had two ground balls. Erin Roos '14 (Wilmette, IL) had a team-high three caused turnovers. Isabel Harvey '12 played 22:41 in net, making one save on six shots, while Kellie Roddy '15 (Poway, CA) played the final 37:19, stopping six of 12 shots.
ABOUT HOLY CROSS: The Crusaders enter Tuesday's game following a 20-10 win over Lafayette on Saturday. Taylor Zebrowski led Holy Cross against the Leopards with seven points (5g, 2a), while Maddie Carrellas had five points (4g, 1a) and Sara Hennessey added four (4g). Five other players scored in the win, including Laura Ryan and Kat Sutton, who both had a pair of goals. Sarah Daly and Carrellas led the team with three ground balls apiece, while Ryan had a team-high six draw controls. Sarah Weber earned the win in net, stopping 11 shots. Zebrowski currently leads the team with 23 points (17g, 6a), while Hennessey is second with 22 points (20g, 2a). Sutton (15g, 3a), Ryan (13g, 2a), and Carrellas (9g, 3a) have all also reached double digits in scoring. Corinne Caracausa leads the team with 17 ground balls, while Carrellas is second with 13. Ryan has a team-high 22 draw controls, while Carrellas leads the team with eight caused turnovers. Weber has started all seven games in goal and has an 11.35 GAA with a .448 save percentage, stopping 60 of 134 shots.