Women's Lax Entertains Dartmouth in Pivotal Ivy Contest
Brown (7-1, 2-0 Ivy) vs. Dartmouth (4-4, 1-1 Ivy)
Saturday, Mar. 29 – 12 p.m.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After suffering its first defeat of 2014, the Brown women's lacrosse team looks to return to its winning ways on Saturday in a key Ivy matchup versus Dartmouth on Stevenson Field.
LAST TIME OUT
A valiant second half rally fell short as the Brown women's lacrosse team (7-1) suffered its first defeat of the season in a 9-8 loss at Denver (7-1) on Monday at Peter Barton Stadium.
Danielle Mastro (Endicott, N.Y.) paced the Bears with a hat trick and a team-high six shots while Grace Healy (Bellport, N.Y.) added a goal and five draw controls. Despite a strong performance in goal, Kellie Roddy (Poway, Calif.) suffered her first setback of the season as she surrendered nine goals while making eight saves to drop to 7-1. Denver netminder Hannah Hook turned away 10 Brown shots en route to her seventh victory of the season.
THE SERIES HISTORY – DARTMOUTH
Saturday marks the 40th meeting between the Bears and Big Green as Dartmouth boasts a 28-11 advantage in the all-time series. Brown hasn't defeated the Big Green since scoring an 8-5 victory on March 29, 2008, exactly six years later, the Bears will look to end that streak.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth enters the weekend coming off its first Ivy win of the season last Saturday against Columbia, however, the Big Green couldn't keep its momentum going at Vermont on Wednesday as they dropped a 12-10 decision to the Catamounts. Sarah Byrne (20), Jaclyn Leto (18), and Liz Calby (16) lead a Dartmouth attack that averages 9.88 goals per game. Goaltender Kristen Giovanniello has boasted a strong season between the pipes, turning aside a league best 73 shots.
With their 7-1 start, the Bears have received votes in the Brine Division 1 Women's Media Top 20 Poll alongside Towson, Princeton, Cincinnati, Louisville, Denver, and James Madison.
POINT STREAK CONTINUES
Despite having her 22-game goal streak snapped on Monday, Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) extended her point streak to 36-games after assisting on Janie Gion's marker against Denver. Hudgins is four games shy of tying the Brown record for points in consecutive games held by Lauren Becker '87 (40).
DRAW CONTROLLING THE GAME
Entering the weekend, Healy and Hudgins ranks third and fourth in the Ivy League respectively in draw controls. As a team, Brown tops the league with 122 draw controls (15.25 per game).
Junior netminder Kellie Roddy has backstopped the Bears defense in goal this season, ranking first in the Ivy League in both save percentage (.516) and goals-against average (6.73).
ROOS NOT GIVING AN INCH
Senior Erin Roos (Wilmette, Ill.) hasn't made life easy on opponents this season, ranking second in the Ivy League with 15 caused turnovers.
Brown has averaged 17.75 goals per game at Stevenson Field this season, outscoring the opposition by a 71-29 margin over four games.
A DUAL THREAT
Mastro brings a balanced offensive attack for the Bears, as she leads the team in assists (14) and ranks second overall in the league with 31 points.
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The Bears will travel to in-state rival, Bryant, on Tuesday as the teams will vie for the Ocean State Cup at Bryant's Turf Complex.