April 7, 2007

Markowski and McCarthy Each Tally Five Points to Lead Brown Past Columbia, 11-10

April 7, 2007

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - For the fourth consecutive season, the Brown women's lacrosse team (4-6, 1-1) edged Columbia (4-7, 0-4) by one goal, 11-10, while earning its first Ivy victory of the season on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. However, unlike the past three seasons in which Brown scored the winning goal in the last minute of play, the Bears secured the win much earlier as freshman Meghan Markowski's (Northport, NY) game-winner came with 12:01 left in regulation. The contest was a game of bookends for the Bears, as they opened and closed the game with a pair of matching 5-1 runs. Columbia dominated the middle third of the game, outscoring the Bears, 8-1, in a span of 20:30.

The Lions wasted little time in grabbing a 1-0 lead when Kate Lombard scored 36 seconds after the opening draw. However, freshman Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) assisted back-to-back goals by freshman Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY) and sophomore Jesse Nunn (Worton, MD) at 25:57 and 22:14, respectively, to give Brown a 2-1 lead.

After eight minutes of scoreless action, McCarthy found the net at 14:15 to increase Brown's lead to 3-1, and then back-to-back goals from Markowski 39 seconds apart gave Brown a 5-1 lead with 12:01 left in the half.

Columbia would outscore Brown 4-1 the rest of the half to cut the Bears' lead to 6-5 at the break. The Lions came out of halftime with new life and scored the first four goals of the second half to earn a 9-6 lead with 21:31 remaining. However, Markowski found classmate Kaitlyn Giles (Concord, MA) in the middle and Giles netted her third goal of the year at 18:07, halting Columbia's momentum with Brown's first goal in nearly 25 minutes.

Giles' goal sparked a 5-0 run as junior Mimi DeTolla (Stony Brook, NY) and Markowski traded goals over a period of 2:17 to give Brown an 11-9 lead with 12:01 remaining.

Lombard scored her fifth goal of the contest, a game-high, with 9:07 left for an 11-10 Brown advantage, but the Lions couldn't net the equalizer. With 2:23 remaining, Rachael Ryan nearly tied the game for Columbia, but her goal was called back after getting whistled for a crease violation. The Bears cleared the ball and then were able to successfully run the clock out, despite getting double- and triple-teamed.

Brown junior Melissa King (Pepper Pike, OH) made six saves in net, while Emma Mintz stopped 12 shots for Columbia as Brown outshot the Lions, 33-21. Brown continues action on Friday, April 13th, when it travels to Ithaca, NY to face Cornell in a 4:00 p.m. contest.