PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown women's lacrosse team (7-2, 1-2) will look to rebound from an 8-7 loss to #15 Dartmouth when it hosts a pair of games this weekend at Stevenson Field. The Bears welcome Ivy foe Harvard on Saturday at 12:00 noon and then host Bryant in the fourth annual Ocean State Cup game Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
THE LAST TIME OUT: Brown enters the weekend following an 8-7 loss to #15 Dartmouth. The Bears held a 7-5 lead with 13:54 remaining on sophomore Abby Bunting's (Wellesley, MA) fourth goal of the day, but the Big Green would score three times in the final 10 minutes, including the winning goal with 13 seconds left, to come back for the victory. In addition to Bunting scoring four goals, sophomore Janie Gion (Northfield, IL) had a goal and an assist, and senior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) and junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) also scored. Sophomore Alyssa DiBona (Media, PA) helped to lead Brown's midfield with four ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers. Sophomore Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) recorded five saves in goal.
ABOUT BROWN: Hudgins currently leads the Bears with 32 points (24g, 8a), while Bunting ranks second on the team in scoring with 22 points (19g, 3a). Gion (13g, 3a), Minges (14g, 1a), and senior Tara Rooke (Wilbraham, MA) have also reached double digits in scoring this season, while an additional 10 players have scored at least one goal. Bunting leads the team with 17 ground balls, while junior Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) ranks second on the team with 15. Junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) had a team-high 35 draw controls, while Hudgins is second with 30. Roos also leads the Bears with 14 caused turnovers. Roddy had played the majority of time in net and has earned a 7.40 GAA with a .442 save percentage, stopping 50 of 113 shots, in just over 511 minutes.
RANKED AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Entering Saturday's game against Harvard, the Bears currently rank 10th in the nation in scoring defense, 14th in winning percentage, and 19th in both caused turnovers and scoring margin. Individually, Roddy ranks 8th nationally with a 7.40 goals against average, while Roos is 31st with 1.56 caused turnovers per game and Healy ranks 26th with 3.89 draw controls per game.
ABOUT HARVARD: Harvard is 2-6 on the season and 1-2 in the Ivy League and enters Saturday's contest against the Bears following a 15-11 loss at Vanderbilt, in which senior Micaela Cyr and freshman Audrey Todd each scored three goals and junior Kyleigh Keating recorded seven draw controls. Senior Melanie Cook stopped seven shots in goal. Harvard is led by Cyr, who has 29 points (21g, 8a) and 21 ground balls. Todd ranks second on the team in scoring with 19 points (15g, 4a), while freshman Alexis Nicolia (14g, 2a) and senior Danielle Tetreault (14g, 3a) round out the double digit scorers. Senior Mariel Jenkins has a team-high eight caused turnovers, while Keating leads the team with 24 draw controls. Cook and sophomre Annie Meyjes have split time in net for the Crimson. Cook has a .382 save percentage, while Meyjes has a .357 save percentage.
BROWN vs. HARVARD: All-time, Brown is 10-28 against Harvard, after falling, 16-8, last season in Cambridge. After winning back-to-back games, 12-8 in 2009 and 10-9 in 2010, the Bears have dropped two straight games, falling, 12-9, in 2011. In last year's game, Bre Hudgins (2g, 1a) and Julia Keller (1g, 2a) both had three points, while Abby Bunting and Alyssa DiBona also scored. Kellie Roddy recorded three saves in 30:32, while Isabel Harvey made one save in 29:28.
ABOUT BRYANT: The Bulldogs enter their game Friday night against Central Connecticut State with a 6-4 record and are coming off a 17-9 win over Sacred Heart. Bryant is currently led by junior Lisa Vendel, who has 34 points (29g, 5a), while junior Haley Bloom is second on the team with 29 points (16g, 13a). Junior Kimberley Sniffen has also recorded at least 20 points and has 26 on the season (22g, 4a). Vendel also leads the team with 21 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers, while Sniffen has a team-high 23 ground balls. Junior Brianna Watt has played the majority of time in net and has earned a 9.82 GAA with a .436 save percentage, stopping 75 of 172 shots.
BROWN vs. BRYANT: Brown is 4-0 all-time against the Bulldogs after earning a 17-7 win on the road last year. The last time the two teams met at Brown, in 2011, the Bears cruised to a 14-4 victory. In last year's win, Kaela McGilloway led the Bears with 7 points (4g, 3a), while Danielle Mastro and Bre Hudgins each added a pair of goals and an assist. Seven other Bears also scored in the victory, while Kellie Roddy and Isabel Harvey combined for six saves.
Pictured: Lindsay Minges '13. Photo by DSPics.net.