Feb. 28, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's lacrosse team hosted Hofstra (3-0) in its home opener on Saturday afternoon at the Berylson Family Fields. The Bears (1-1) made a valiant second-half come-back, trailing, 8-3, at the half and 11-3 with 26:04 remaining, but Hofstra was able to hold on for the win, not allowing a goal in the final 4:36 of play.
The Pride came out strong, building a 3-0 lead on back-to-back goals by Corrine Ganfolfi and then one from Lauren Whitcomb, scored at 3:47, 7:47, and 12:47. Senior Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) got Brown on the board with her second of the year at 13:59 and then brought the Bears to within one 29 seconds later, scoring off a feed from junior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA).
However, Hofstra would score three straight goals by three different players over the next 3:34 to open up a 6-2 lead with 11:58 remaining in the half.
Senior Bethany Buzzell (Middletown, MD), back on the team after missing all of last year with an injury, scored her first of the season off a pass from junior Kiki Manners (North Potomac, MD) to halt Hofstra's momentum just 29 seconds after the Pride's sixth goal, but Kristy Bosley and Gandolfi closed the half with two more Hofstra goals, as it led, 8-3, at the break.
The Pride opened the second half just as it closed the first, scoring three straight goals in the opening 4:23 to hold an 11-3 lead, their largest of the game.
However, Brown clamped down defensively for the remainder of the half, and scored four unanswered goals to close out the game.
Freshman Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) began the come-back attempt at 6:49, connecting on a free position shot. Senior Jesse Nunn (Worton, MD) scored on another eight-meter at 13:36 to bring the Bears to within 11-5 with 16:24 remaining. Buzzell's second of the game 1:40 later made it 11-6, but Brown was held off the scoreboard for the next 10 minutes.
This was due in part to Brown playing three players down for 2:25 after getting issued three yellow cards in a span of 35 seconds. While they were not able to score during this time, it is a credit to the midfield and defensive play of the team, as the Bears didn't allow a goal to Hofstra, which had a three-player advantage in transition.
Sophomore Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) scored her first of the season with 4:36 left for the 11-7 final
Senior Noelle DiGioia (Pittsburgh, PA) led Brown defensively with four caused turnovers, while Vitkus led the Bears with five ground balls.
Freshman Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) recorded a career-high 12 saves between the pipes for the Bears, who continue action next Saturday, March 7, when they host Albany at 1:00 p.m.