Bears Run Past Manhattan, 18-8
April 22, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Junior leading scorer Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) scored off the opening draw just 31 seconds into the game and the Bears (6-8) never looked back, building a 9-0 lead en route to an 18-8 victory over Manhattan (7-7) on Tuesday evening at Stevenson Field. Brown dominated from the start, holding a 38-18 advantage in shots, a 24-16 advantage in ground balls, and a 20-8 advantage in draw controls.
Vitkus's first of four goals was scored on a free position attempt and sparked a 3-0 run in the opening two minutes as sophomore Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY) scored off a feed from senior Jadie DeTolla (Stony Brook, NY) 1:35 in and then 22 seconds later Vitkus scored an unassisted goal to stretch the lead to three.
After about five minutes of scoreless action, Brown scored four straight free position goals over the next 10 minutes to give the Bears a 9-0 lead with 9:20 left in the half. Vitkus scored her third of the game at 10:11, and was followed by DeTolla at 15:12, DeLuca at 16:05, and sophomore Kiki Manners (North Potomac, MD) at 20:40.
The Jaspers got on the board with 6:38 left in the half and scored three more times over the next five minutes to make it a 9-4 game with 1:12 left in the half.
Senior Ali Holland (Garden City, NY) halted Manhattan's run with just 20 seconds remaining in the half with her first of four points.
Brown opened the second half just as it began the first, scoring six times in the first 11 minutes. Nunn scored the first two of the half to stretch Brown's lead to 12-4 just 4:14 in and then Vitkus added her fourth of the night at 5:32 for a 13-4 lead. Junior Kelly Robinson (Marlton, NJ) gave the Bears a 10-goal advantage just a minute later with her fifth of the season. Nunn and senior Justine Lupo (Ridgewood, NJ) closed out the run with goals at 8:06 and 11:24, respectively for a 16-4 lead.
The Jaspers then went on another run with three straight goals in a span of seven minutes, all on free position shots, to close the deficit to nine goals, 16-7.
Brown outscored Manhattan, 2-1, in the final seven minutes, as Holland netted her second of the game at 22:48 to give Brown a 17-7 lead. After the Jaspers again made it a nine-goal game at 27:20, freshman Macie Winship (Shrewsbury, MA) put the exclamation point on the win by finishing off a transition off the draw with her first career goal just 15 seconds later.
Senior Melissa King (Pepper Pike, OH) earned the win in net with three saves, allowing four goals, in 40:56. Freshman Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA) also recorded three saves, allowing four goals, in 19:04. Manners helped to lead the defense with three caused turnovers, while junior Noelle DiGioia (Pittsburgh, PA) collected a career-high six ground balls. She also shared the lead with Robinson, as each won four draw controls.
The Bears return to Ivy action on Saturday, April 26, when they host Princeton at 1:00 p.m.