PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown women's lacrosse team (9-2, 2-2) travels to Cornell for its final road contest of the 2013 regular season and will look to stretch its current winning streak to three games after posting wins over Harvard (15-9) and Bryant (12-9) last weekend. The Bears and Big Red will face off in a critical game for Ivy positioning on Friday afternoon, as the two teams both have two wins and control their own destinies for the final spot for the 2013 Ivy Tournament.
THE LAST TIME OUT: Brown defeated Harvard and Bryant at home last weekend, increasing its 2013 home record to 8-0. Junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY), this week's Ivy League co-Offensive Player of the Week, helped to lead the Bears with six points (4g, 2a) and 13 draw controls in the two games. Against the Crimson, senior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) led the Bears with four goals, while junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) scored three, and sophomore Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA), senior Kasey Wagner (Southborough, MA), and sophomore Janie Gion (Northfield, IL) all added a pair of goals. Bunting also led Brown with three ground balls, while junior Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) had a team-high three caused turnovers and Healy paced Brown with five draw controls. Sophomore Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) recorded seven saves. Less than 24 hours against Bryant, Bunting and Healy each scored three goals, while Hudgins, Gion and junior Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) all tallied two. Bunting and Roos led Brown with two ground balls apiece, while Healy had a game-high eight draw controls. Roddy earned her ninth win of the season with five saves.
ABOUT BROWN: Hudgins currently leads the Bears with 38 points (29g, 9a), while Bunting ranks second on the team in scoring with 27 points (24g, 3a). Five other players - Gion (17g, 5a), Minges (18g, 1a), senior Tara Rooke (5g, 9a), Healy (10g, 2a), and Mastro (8g, 2a) have also reached double digits in scoring this season. Bunting leads the team with 22 ground balls, while Roos ranks second on the team with 18. Healy has a team-high 48 draw controls, while Hudgins is second with 36. Roos also leads the Bears with 17 caused turnovers, while sophomore Alyssa DiBona (Media, PA) is second with 10 caused turnovers. Roddy had played the majority of time in net and has earned a 7.70 GAA with a .434 save percentage, stopping 62 of 143 shots, in just over 631 minutes.
RANKED AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Entering Friday's game against Cornell, the Bears currently rank 11th in nation in winning percentage, 14th in the nation in scoring defense, 17th in draw controls, and 18th in scoring margin. Individually, Roddy ranks 12th nationally with a 7.70 goals against average, while Roos is 34th with 1.55 caused turnovers per game and Healy ranks 18th with 4.36 draw controls per game.
ABOUT CORNELL: Cornell fell for the fourth consecutive time last weekend, dropping a game at Dartmouth by a 9-5 score. Sarah Hefner the Big Red with three goals, but Dartmouth's Kristen Giovanniello was strong in goal, turning aside 10 shots. Lindsay Toppe currently leads the team in scoring with 30 points (31g, 9a), while Caroline Salisbury is second with 28 points (21g, 7a). Amanda D'Amico and Emily Tripodi are tied for fourth on the team with 27 points each, while Rachel Moody rounds out the top five scorers with 22 points. Hefner leads the team with 30 draw controls, while Kate Ivory has a team-high 33 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers. Courtney Gallagher has started all 10 games in goal and has an 11.08 GAA to go along with a .405 save percentage.
BROWN vs. CORNELL: All-time, Brown is 14-19 against Cornell, after falling, 16-8, last season in Providence. The Bears' last win against the Big Red was in 1999, as Cornell has earned 13 consecutive victories. In last year's game, Rooke was the leading returning scorer with two goals, while Mastro scored one and Hudgins had one assist.
Pictured: Tara Rooke '13. Photo by DSPics.net.