Bears Open Three-Game Spring Break Slate with Trip to UConn on Saturday

March 20, 2009

The Brown women's lacrosse team will travel to Storrs, CT to face UConn on Saturday in a non-league contest. The game is the fourth straight in a series of games for the month of March that the Bears will alternate playing home and away. The Bears are 1-1 all-time against UConn, having last played in 2004, an 11-9 UConn win. Brown's victory over the Huskies came in the very first meeting between the two teams in 1998, which was a 15-5 decision. In 2004, the Bears held a 9-7 advantage with 8:26 remaining in the game. However, the Huskies got goals from four different players in the final 5:42, including the winning goal with just 1:50 left on the clock and then held on for the 11-9 victory. Brown was led by Kate Staley '06, who had two goals and two assists, while Christine Anneberg '04 scored two goals and had one assist. Julia Southard '05 made 14 saves in net.

Last Time Out
The Bears are coming off a 12-8 win over Harvard in the 2009 Ivy opener for both teams. Brown put together a total team effort to record the win, as senior Jesse Nunn '09, the current Ivy League Player of the Week, led eight different goal scorers with four goals and one assist. Brown stormed out to a 7-1 lead in the first 20:48 and never trailed in the game to pick up its first win over Harvard since 2004. The Crimson scored three straight goals to close the first half and then extended their run to five straight with the first two goals of the second half to make it 7-6. However, Brown was able to keep the Crimson at bay, as every time they scored to close the Bears' lead to one-goal, someone for Brown stepped up to regain a two-goal lead until a goal by freshman Kaela McGilloway with 13:29 remaining sparked a three-goal Brown run to close the game. Freshman Katelyn Caro (2g), senior Bethany Buzzell (1g, 1a), and junior Molly McCarthy (3a) also had a multiple-point game for Brown, while freshman Isabel Harvey stopped eight shots in net.

Scouting Brown
Brown is 3-2 on the season, having alternated wins and losses. The Bears are led by senior Jesse Nunn, who has 12 points (10g, 2a) in three games, while freshman Kaela McGilloway adds 8 points on six goals and two assists. Senior Kelly Robinson (7g), freshman Katelyn Caro (6g, 1a), and junior Molly McCarthy are all tied for third on the team with seven points, as McCarthy leads the Bears in assists. Brown has had 12 different players register at least one point this season, while 10 different players have scored at least one goal, as the Bears have done a good job of spreading the offensive load around. Senior Lauren Vitkus leads Brown with 15 ground balls and 11 draw controls, while junior Kiki Manners leads Brown with nine caused turnovers. Freshman Isabel Harvey has played every minute in net and has recorded a 10.00 GAA with a .444 save percentage.

Scouting UConn
The Huskies, who have not won a game yet this season, are coming off Wednesday's 14-12 loss to Harvard. Against the Crimson, UConn was led by Whitney Michele, who had five goals and three assists, while Kiersten Tupper added four points with a pair of goals and a pair of assists. UConn trailed, 14-8 with 22:11 left in the game, but made a late come-back attempt, scoring the final four goals of the game, including three in the final five minutes, for the 14-12 finals. Tupper currently leads UConn with 26 points (10g, 16a), while Michele is second on the team in scoring with 18 points (15g, 3a). M.E. Lapham is also in double digits in scoring, as she has notched 16 points on the season with 12 goals and four assists. Michele also leads the Huskies with 12 ground balls, while Michele and Lapham share the team lead with 18 draw controls each. Jenna Moulton has a team-high eight caused turnovers. Moulton has played the majority of time in net and has posted a 14.81 GAA with a .361 save percentage.