Bears Set to Battle #16 Dartmouth in Ivy Match-up

Bears Set to Battle #16 Dartmouth in Ivy Match-up

March 27, 2009

The Brown women's lacrosse team will travel to Hanover, NH to face #16 Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon in an Ivy League battle. Both teams are 1-0 in the Ancient Eight with the Bears posting a 12-8 win over Harvard and the Big Green earning an 8-6 win over Yale. Dartmouth will look to avenge last year's loss to the Bears, as Brown posted its first win over the Big Green since the 1997 season with an 8-5 win last season in Providence. Lauren Vitkus led the Bears last year with three goals, while Krystina DeLuca had two goals and Kelly Robinson added a goal and an assist. Robinson also had a huge impact on the Bears' defense, causing three Dartmouth turnovers. Melissa King '08 made nine saves in goal, while Noelle DiGioia scooped up six ground balls in the win. The victory gave Brown its 11th all-time against Dartmouth, which still holds a 24-11 advantage over the Bears in the all-time series.

Scouting Brown
Brown is 4-3 on the season, having posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over UConn (14-13) in double overtime. Senior Lauren Vitkus scored the game-winning goal with 43 seconds left in the second overtime, assisted by junior Molly McCarthy, who earned her fourth assist of the game. Freshman Katelyn Caro led all scorers with six goals in the win, while Vitkus (3g), senior Kelly Robinson (2g), and freshman Kaela McGilloway (2g) all had more than one goal. The Bears came back three days later and dropped a heart-breaking, 10-9 decision to Oregon, which scored the final three goals of the game. After leading by as many as 6-1 and then 9-7 late in the contest, the Ducks came back for the win with three goals in the final 3:18, including the winning goal with 1:02 remaining for the victory. Caro led Brown with four goals, while McGilloway also had four points on two goals and two assists.

Caro currently leads six different Bears who all have reached double digits in scoring with 17 points (16g, 1a), while McGilloway adds 15 points (10g, 5a). Senior Jesse Nunn has accounted for 14 points (12g, 2a), while McCarthy has 12 points with a team-high 12 assists. Robinson (10-1-11) and Vitkus (8-2-10) are the other Bears with at least 10 points this season. Junior Kiki Manners leads Brown with 12 caused turnovers, while Vitkus leads the Bears with 15 ground balls and 15 draw controls. Freshman Isabel Harbey has played every minute in net this season, and has posted a .411 save percentage with a 10.23 goals against average.

Scouting Dartmouth
Dartmouth has won two straight games, posting wins over Yale (8-6) and Fairfield (17-8) to improve to 4-3 on the season and 1-0 in the Ivy League. In their last game, the Big Green used a 12-0 run spanning from the 7:52 mark of the first half to the 2:15 mark of the second half to come back from an early 2-1 deficit and cruise to a 17-8 win over the Stags. Dartmouth is led in scoring by Kat Collins, who has 25 points (20g, 5a) in seven games, while Katherine Chiusano adds 24 points on 10 goals and 14 assists. The Big Green have three other players in double digit scoring, including Sarah Parks, who has 19 points on 14 goals and five assists. Greta Meyer currently leads the Big Green with 12 caused turnovers, while Sarah Plumb has a team-high 17 ground balls and Parks leads the team with 14 draw controls. Julie Wadland has played every minute in net through seven games and has posted a .408 save percentage with a 10.33 goals against average.

Among the Ivy League's Best
Through games of March 23, 2009, several Brown players rank among the top performers in the Ivy League. Senior Jesse Nunn is 5th with 2.75 goals per game, while freshman Katelyn Caro is 10th in the same category, averaging 2.00 goals per game. Junior Molly McCarthy leads the League with 1.83 assists per game, while Nunn is seventh in the League with 3.25 points per game. Nunn and senior Lauren Vitkus are tied for third with two game-winning goals, while Nunn ranks third in the League with 2.75 ground balls per game. Vitkus is fifth in the same category, averaging 2.50 ground balls per game. Junior Kiki Manners is third in the league with 2.00 caused turnovers per game, while freshman Isabel Harvey is fourth with 7.50 saves per game.