April 4, 2009

Bears Utilize a Nine-Goal Second-Half Spree to Run Past Columbia, 15-10

April 4, 2009

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - Trailing, 8-4, at halftime, freshman Katelyn Caro's (Andover, MA) second goal of the game ignited a 9-0 run over a span of 21:11 in the second half, as the Brown women's lacrosse team (5-4, 2-1) came back to earn a 15-10 win over Columbia (5-5, 0-4) on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. The victory gives Brown its 12th straight over the Lions and also lifts the Bears' record above .500 on the season.

Things started quickly for Brown when sophomore Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) deposited a free position shot off the opening draw to give Brown a 1-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game. Columbia answered with an 8-meter goal of its own, 2:09 later, tying the score at 1-1.

Neither team could score over the next six minutes, but Caldwell broke the drought with her second of the game at 8:16 to give Brown a 2-1 lead. Again, the Lions answered, as Brittany Shannon connected on another free position attempt just 20 seconds later, tying the score at 2-2.

Shannon's goal sparked a three-goal run for Lions, who led 4-2 after Holly Glynn's second of the game at 10:20. Caro halted Columbia's run, scoring off a nice feed from junior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) to bring Brown to within 4-3 at 12:13, but Gabrielle Geronimos and Rachel Ryan scored back-to-back goals exactly two minutes apart to increase the Lions' lead to 6-3 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half.

Neither team was able to score over the next six minutes, but freshman Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) picked up her 11th of the year at 25:57 to make it a two-goal game. The Lions scored the final two goals of the half to take their biggest lead of the day, 8-4, as Geronimos and Ryan scored at 27:33 and 29:46, respectively. Brown came out of the break with intensity and, though Columbia won the first draw of the second half, the Bears used a pressure defense to cause a turnover and head back the other way. Cadlwell fed Caro in transition for Caro's 19th goal of the year 1:26 into the half and the Bears never looked back, scoring nine straight goals over the next 20 minutes.

McGilloway assisted back-to-back goals just 1:03 apart from seniors Kelly Robinson (Marlton, NJ) and Jesse Nunn (Worton, MD), as Brown came to within 8-7 just 5:49 into the half. Nunn then tied the game with her second of the day, connecting on a free position shot at 7:25, forcing Columbia to call a timeout.

Following the timeout, the Bears grabbed their first lead since the 8:16 mark of the first half when Caro scored an unassisted goal at 8:20. After Caro's goal, the Lions temporarily switched goalies as Amanda Goodhart replaced starting keeper Emma Mintz, but McGilloway beat Goodhart with a free position attempt at 9:14 to give Brown a 10-8 lead.

Mintz went back into the cage after McGilloway's free position goal, but Caldwell scored her third of the day 6:18 later to give Brown an 11-8 lead with just under 15 minutes remaining. Senior Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) and McCarthy capped the run with a pair of unassisted goals 2:18 apart, as Brown held a 13-8 lead with 8:49 left to play.

Shannon ended Brown's run at 22:03 when she scored on another 8-meter shot, but the Bears never allowed Columbia to gain any momentum, as Caro and Vitkus scored at 23:06 and 26:28, respectively, to give Brown its largest lead of the game, 15-9, with 3:32 remaining.

Ryan found the back of the net off a pass from Geronimos with three seconds left to account for the 15-10 final.

Overall, Brown was led by Caro (4g), Caldwell (3g, 1a), and McGilloway (2g, 2a), who all had four points, while Vitkus (2g), Nunn (2g), and McCarthy (1g, 1a) also had a multiple-point game. Caldwell was huge in the midfield with four ground balls, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers. All three of her caused turnovers came in the decisive second-half run for the Bears, and helped lead to Brown's seventh, 10th, and 11th goals. McCarthy also had four ground balls, while Caro and Vitkus each also won three draw controls.

Freshman Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) picked up the win with one save in net. The Bears return to action on Tuesday night, April 7th, when they host Bryant in a 7:00 p.m. game.