Bears Set to Open Ivy Slate at #13 Dartmouth on Saturday

March 30, 2007

PROVIDENCE, RI - After eight straight non-league games to open the season, including the past four at home, the Brown women's lacrosse team (3-5, 0-0) will hit the road this weekend to face Dartmouth in its 2007 Ivy opener. The Big Green (4-3, 1-1), which are ranked 13th by Inside Lacrosse, and 17th by the IWLCA, are coming off an 11-5 win over Columbia, while Brown enters the game following a 9-8 win over Holy Cross.

Last season in Providence, the Bears took Dartmouth to overtime, but fell 11-9. Brown held onto a 9-7 lead with four minutes remaining in the game, but the Big Green tied it with 1:53 left to play and then scored twice in the first overtime to earn the victory. Kate Staley '06 (Needham, MA) led Brown with three goals, while Bethany Buzzell '09 (Middletown, MD) also had a hat-trick. Amie Biros '07 (Bethesda, MD) scored twice and added an assist, and Mimi DeTolla '08 (Stony Brook, NY) rounded out Brown's scoring. Melissa King '08 (Pepper Pike, OH) recorded 16 saves.

On Tuesday against Holy Cross, Brown was led by Lauren Vitkus '09 (Skaneateles, NY), who scored two goals, including the game-winner, and notched two assists during a pivotal 4-0 Brown run early in the second half. Mimi DeTolla '08 (Stony Brook, NY) added two goals and an assist, stretching her consecutive point streak to nine games, dating back to last season. Kaitlyn Giles '10 (Concord, MA) scored the first two goals of her career, while Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) kept her consecutive game-scoring streak alive at eight games with a goal and an assist.

In Dartmouth's win over Columbia, the Big Green got six points (5g, 1a) from Sarah Szefi, who scored the tying goal against Brown last year in Providence. Katherine Chiusano also had six points with three goals and three assists, while Chelsea Kirk recorded six saves.

Dartmouth and Brown have played two common opponents, in UNH and Maryland. The Big Green split against the two opponents with a 19-9 win over UNH and a 13-7 loss to Maryland. Brown was defeated by both schools, losing to Maryland, 19-6, and UNH, 9-7.