NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four players netted two goals for the Brown women's lacrosse team, but it wasn't enough as the Yale Bulldogs scored six times in the second half to edge the Bears, 9-8, on Friday at Reese Stadium. Brown closes out the 2014 season at 9-6 overall and 2-5 in Ivy play while Yale finishes 9-6 (3-4 Ivy).
With 179 goals scored this year, the Bears recorded their highest goal scoring output in program history, eclipsing the 174-goal mark set in 2011. Danielle Mastro (Endicott, N.Y.) and Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) each recorded three points, while Kellie Roddy allowed nine goals on 11 shots to fall to 9-6. Bulldogs netminder, Erin McMullan, turned away eight Brown bids in the win to improve to 9-6.
Scoring came at a premium in the opening 30 minutes, as both teams had trouble finding the scoring areas amongst physical defense from both teams. 21 combined fouls in the opening half slowed down rhythm for both offenses as Brown and Yale could only muster seven goals in the first half.
Richael Walsh (Westwood, Mass.) got the Bears on the board with her ninth goal of the season as she drove to the goal and put a shot over the shoulder of McMullan at the 26:15 mark. The Bulldogs countered with strikes from Cathryn Avallone and Nicole Daniggelis to take a 2-1 lead before Brown responded with two straight markers of its own. Mastro added the first of her two goals before Janie Gion (Northfield, Ill.) gave the Bears a 3-2 lead with 14:06 left in the half.
Yale's Jen DeVito and Mastro traded goals before the half as Brown took a 4-3 lead into the break. Mastro's strike with just 20 seconds remaining was the senior's 30th goal of the season.
With the game knotted at four, Hudgins sizzled a shot past McMullan for her 39th tally of the season at the 23:01 mark before Daniggelis responded to tie the game two minutes later. After Walsh's second goal of the game put Brown up 6-5, a three-goal outburst, including Daniggelis' third of the game and two straight strikes from Christina Doherty propelled Yale to an 8-6 lead with 9:03 to play.
After a Bulldogs turnover, Hudgins found Gion point blank in front of the goal as she deposited her second of the game past McMullan to cut the deficit to 8-7 with 2:39 to play. The Bulldogs added an insurance marker with 1:54 to play as Avallone found an empty net after Roddy came out to double team. Hudgins added her second of the contest and 40th of the season with 12 seconds to play, becoming Brown's highest single-season goal scorer since Suzanne Bailey netted 41 goals in 1990. Mastro's 58 points are the fifth highest single-season points output in team history, while her 28 assists rank third highest for a single season at Brown.