April 17, 2014

Women's Lax Visits #10 Penn on Saturday

Brown (9-4, 2-3 Ivy) vs. Penn (7-4, 3-1 Ivy)
Saturday, Apr. 19 – 1 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Franklin Field
Coverage: Ivy League Digital Network | Live Stats

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After a heartbreaking 11-10 overtime loss to Cornell last Saturday, the Brown women's lacrosse team faces a must-win scenario against No. 10 Penn on Saturday at Franklin Field.
 

LAST TIME OUT
Lindsay Toppe's free position goal with 17 seconds to play in the first overtime propelled Cornell to an 11-10 victory over the Brown women's lacrosse team on Saturday at Stevenson Field.  With the loss, the Bears fall to 9-4 and 2-3 overall in the Ivy League standings while Cornell improves to 6-6 (3-2 Ivy).

Big Red goaltender, Carly Gniewek (1-1), shined on Saturday as she made 11 saves, including eight in the second half to prevent Brown from opening up a bigger cushion.  Kellie Roddy (Poway, Calif.) made five saves to drop to 9-4 this season.
 

THE SERIES HISTORY – PENN
The Quakers hold a 26-9 edge in the all-time series between the two schools, including a 10-7 overtime victory at Stevenson Field last season.  Penn currently rides a 10-game winning streak against the Bears dating back to the 2004 season.  Brown last defeated Penn, 10-8, on April 26, 2003 at Stevenson Field.


SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn (7-4) enters Saturday's contest ranked 10th in the nation despite suffering its first Ivy loss at the hands of Princeton on Wednesday night.  Catherine Dickinson recorded a hat trick for the Quakers but it wasn't enough as Princeton made an early 5-1 lead stand in a 9-5 triumph at Sherrerd Field.  Penn boasts the second toughest schedule in the nation this season, facing three teams in the top-five of the IWLCA National Poll (North Carolina, Maryland, Northwestern).  Despite averaging only 7.82 goals per game, the Penn defense has proven stout, allowing only 8.18 which ranks first overall in the Ivy League.  Goaltender Lucy Ferguson has been a mainstay in the Penn cage, recording a .478 save percentage and 8.07 goals-against average.
 

YALE GAME RESCHEDULED
The final regular season contest at Yale, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 26, has moved back a day to Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m.


SEVEN SENIORS HONORED
Brown honored seniors Marissa Dale, Whitney Flynn, Danielle Mastro, Grace Healy, Abbey Van Horne, Erin Roos, and Bre Hudgins in a brief ceremony after Saturday's game.

 

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS
In order for the Bears to secure a berth in the Ivy League tournament, they will need to win their final two games and due to tiebreakers, will need either Harvard or Cornell to finish 3-4 in league play.

 

BROWN NABS FIFTH STRAIGHT OCEAN STATE CUP
The Bears improved to 6-0 all-time and 5-0 in Ocean State Cup games against Bryant with a 15-7 victory on April 4.


BUNTING RETURNS
After missing eight games, junior Abby Bunting added two goals and an assist in Brown's victory over Michigan on April 9 and notched a goal and an assist against Cornell last Saturday.


ROOS NOT GIVING AN INCH
Senior Erin Roos enters play this weekend ranked 13th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (1.92), including a career high four caused turnovers against Cornell on Saturday.
 

IVY LEADERS
As a team, Brown tops the Ivy League in draw controls (181) and shooting percentage (.514).

 

ROWDY RODDY
Junior netminder Kellie Roddy has backstopped the Bears defense in goal this season, ranking first in the Ivy League with nine wins and second in the league in goals-against average (7.88).

 

MASTRO CONTINUES CAREER SEASON
Danielle Mastro has continued her milestone season last week as she tallied eight goals and three assists over two games to extend her Ivy best point total to 54.

 

GION SHATTERS CAREER HIGHS
Janie Gion shattered single-game personal milestones on April 4, tallying five goals and six points, besting her previous career highs of three goals and four points.

 

BROWNBEARS.TV
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UP NEXT
The Bears will close out its regular season schedule on the road with a Ivy tilt against Yale next Friday (4/25).