PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Freshman Emma DeGennaro (Huntington, N.Y.) scored the overtime game winner in Brown women's lacrosse's first possession to lift the Bears past Columbia, 14-13, on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field. With a player-down in the extra period, DeGennaro wasted no time and netted the winning goal at 5:22.
After trailing 10-7 in the second half, the Bears (6-8, 1-5 Ivy League ) rattled off four consecutive goals to take a 11-10 lead at 16:42. Columbia (7-7, 2-4 Ivy League) would then knot the game 11-11 and later 13-13 with 1:42 remaining in the contest to force overtime.
In bonus action, with a Brown player serving a two minute penalty, the Bears would win the opening draw control. Following a timeout, DeGennaro would crash the net for a contested player-down goal for the victory.
The Bears opened the game winning five-straight draw controls, with sophomore Carolyn Paletta (Greenwich, Conn.) recording four of them, as the teams battled to a 2-2 tie. Columbia would then score three-straight, with two from Taylor Quinn, to take a 4-2 advantage. Brown take a one-goal lead (5-4) with three-consecutive goals of its own (Paletta - 10:55, DeGennaro - 3:59, Zoe Verni - 3:34) but Columbia would add three scores before the close of the half to take a 7-5 lead into the break.
Columbia narrowly outshot Brown in the first, 14-13, while the Bears held a heavy 10-3 advantage in draw controls. Brown was 1-for-1 on free-position shots in the opening period while Columbia was 3-for-4. Freshman Maggie Bigelow (Montclair, N.J.) contributed five saves in net for the Bears while Kelsey Gedin made four stops for the Lions.
Both teams traded goals to open the second as Brown trailed by two (10-8). Junior Bri Irons (Wallingford, Pa.) pulled the Bears within one (10-9) at 17:59 with a free-position tally and freshman KC Williams (Duxbury, Mass.) added another free-position score at 17:30 to tie the game, 10-10. Verni's fourth goal of the contest gave Brown its first lead of the second with senior Jillian Lee (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) providing the assist.
Quinn tied the game for Columbia (11-11) before Brown briefly pulled away with a score from DeGennaro (9:35) and junior Marissa Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) (5:17 - man-up free position) to take a 13-11 lead.
Columbia would then push to tie the game, 13-13, with two goals from Laine Parsons, the latter being a free-position goal with 1:42 left on the clock.
The Bears would win the ensuing draw control and have a couple attempts at goal, including two free-position opportunities, but the game remained deadlocked and headed to overtime where DeGannaro would win it for Brown.
Bigelow made three saves in the second while Abby Roberts made three saves for Columbia entering halfway through the period. The Lions held a 19-16 advantage in shots for the second and tied the Bears in draw controls, 7-7. Brown was 3-for-7 on free-position shots while Columbia was 1-for-4.
For the game, the Lions edged the Bears in shots, 33-30, while Brown had an 18-10 advantage in draw controls for the contest. Both teams ended the game 4-for-8 in free-position shots.
DeGennaro paced Brown's offense with a career-high five points, with three goals and two assists. Verni added four goals to tie a career-high while sophomore Hafsa Moinuddin (Cheshire, Conn.) (2G, 1A), Lee (1G, 2A) and Paletta (1G, 1A) added multi-point efforts. In addition to her first goal of the season, Hudgins had a strong game defensively, causing six turnovers.
Prior to the start of the game, Brown honored its five seniors, Kerianne Hunt (Alamo, Calf.), Ali Kim (Burlingame, Calif.), Mollie Lane (Arlington, Va.), Lee and Sarah Peters (Weston, Mass.), in a brief ceremony.
The Bears will next close out the 2017 regular season at Dartmouth on Saturday, April 29. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m.
Photo credit: David Silverman