March 21, 2013

Brown Hosts USC in First-Ever Contest Between Two Programs

PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown hosts the University of Southern California on Friday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. for the first-ever contest between the two schools.  Following last Friday's 16-7 victory over the Bobcats of Quinnipiac University, the Bears enter Friday's game with a 5-1 record overall.  USC comes to Providence with a 5-6 overall record.

Junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) leads the Bears in scoring with 23 points on 17 goals and six assists.  Sophomore Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) is second with 16 points (15g, 1a).  Senior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) and sophomore Janie Gion (Northfield, IL) are tied for third on the team with 11 points, while senior Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) rounds out the top five in scoring with 10 points, evenly split between goals and assists.

Junior Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) leads the Bears defensively with nine caused turnovers.  Six additional Brown defenders have caused four turnovers.  Junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) continues to lead the team with 28 draw controls.  Hudgins is second on the team with 23.  Bunting leads Brown with 13 grounds balls and sophomore Alyssa DiBona (Media, PA) is second with nine.  Sophomore Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) has played the majority of time between the pipes earning a .395 save percentage and 8.02 goals against average. 

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:  Minges, Healy, Bunting, and Gion scored three goals each to lead Brown to a 16-7 non-league victory over Quinnipiac at Stevenson Field.  In addition to scoring three goals, Healy broke the Brown career record for draw controls, now with 123, breaking the previous record of 121 by Bekah Rottenberg '03.  Brown led from start-to-finish, breaking out to a 4-0 lead just 10 minutes into the game on goals by Bunting, Healy, Minges and Gion.   Two straight goals by Quinnipiac cut the Bears lead to 4-2 with 13:25 left in the half.  The Bears broke the game open with four consecutive goals, two by Healy, and one each by Minges and Hudgins to grab an 8-2 advantage.  A late goal by Quinnipiac's Kyra Ochwat cut Brown's lead to 8-3 at intermission.  Ochwat scored for the Bobcats to open the second half, but the Bears answered once again with four straight goals, including two by Gion and one each by Minges and Bunting, to put the game out of reach, 12-4 with 19:43 remaining in the game.  Brown sophomore goalie Kelly Roddy (Poway, CA) was solid in the goal, making four saves and helping the Bears convert 13-of-14 clears.  The Bears peppered the Quinnipiac goal throughout the game, out-shooting the Bobcats by a 43-14 margin.

ABOUT USC:  The Trojans enter Friday's game following a 15-8 loss at Bryant on Tuesday afternoon.  USC enters the game at 5-6 with the team's most recent victory coming against Marquette on March 16th by a score of 12-9.  Freshman Caroline de Lyra leads the Trojans with 67 points on 37 goals and 30 assists while freshman Amanda Johansen is second with 33 points (26g, 7a).  Freshmen Paige Bonomi and Caroline Codrey round out the USC top four with 29 points (26g, 3a) and 28 points (22g, 6a), respectively.  Johansen leads the Trojans with 64 draw controls; sophomore Kaila Sommi is second with 14.  Freshmen Kelsey Dreyer and Liz Schaeffer share the team lead with 18 ground balls. Schaeffer has also started all 11 games for USC, earning a .410 save percentage and 12.36 goals against average.

Pictured: Janie Gion '15. Photo by DSPics.net.