April 5, 2008
NEW YORK, NY - The Brown women's lacrosse team (5-5, 2-1) evened its record at 5-5 by winning its third straight game, 11-7 at Columbia (3-7, 0-5), on Saturday afternoon. Junior Kelly Robinson's (Marlton, NJ) goal 3:21 into the second half gave the Bears a 5-2 lead, but the Lions scored three straight in a span of 2:26 to tie the game at 5-5 with just over 17 minutes remaining. Brown's offense turned it up a notch from there, outscoring Columbia, 6-2, the rest of the way to earn the 11-7 win. It marks the first time in five seasons that Brown has defeated Columbia by more than a single goal, as the past four games with the Lions were all decided by one goal.
Columbia opened the scoring 3:14 in when Megan Donovan scored on a free position shot. Brown responded with two free position goals of its own to grab a 2-1 lead at 9:55. Sophomore Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY) scored the first one 55 seconds after the Lions' goal and then junior Noelle DiGioia (Pittsburgh, PA) connected 5:46 later.
Another Columbia goal with 16:41 remaining tied the score at 2-2, but Brown scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the half to take a 4-2 lead into the break. Kelly's second of the game on another free-position shot gave the Bears a 3-2 lead and then junior Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) increased the lead to 4-2 with 1:50 left in the half.
After Columbia's tying goal with 17:13 to play, junior Jesse Nunn (Worton, MD) gave Brown the lead for good, 6-5, with 11:42 remaining. Vitkus' second of the game increased the lead to 7-5 2:30 later, but Columbia responded to cut the lead to one, 7-6, with 8:13 left to play.
Neither team scored over the next five minutes, but Nunn's second of the game with 3:25 remaining ended the drought and sparked a 3-0 Brown run, as the Bears grabbed a 10-6 lead on goals by sophomore Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) and Vitkus with 1:37 on the clock.
Columbia answered Vitkus' goal 13 seconds later, but freshman Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) capped the scoring at 59:11 for the 11-7 final.
The Bears had 18 ground balls to Columbia's 11, led by junior Val Sherry's (Baltimore, MD) three. Brown also won 10 draw controls to the Lions' nine, as Vitkus and junior Krystina DeLuca (Hillsborough, NJ) each had two to lead the Bears. McCarthy led all players with four caused turnovers. Senior Melissa King (Pepper Pike, OH) recorded seven saves in net, including four in the first half.