April 29, 2006

Bears Finish 1-1 In Opening Day Of Eastern Championships

April 29, 2006

Providence, RI - The Bears battled back in game two, after being down 3-2, at halftime to beat Maryland 5-4 on a goal by junior Paige Lansing. The Bears fell to Michigan 6-5 in their first match-up of the afternoon.

A goal in the final minute by the Wolverines lifted the second seeded Wolverines to a 6-5 win over the seventh seeded Bears. Michigan used a four goal second half to come back from an early two-goal deficit to defeat Brown. After leading 3-1 in the first quarter, Brown went scoreless for the next 17:38 seconds as Michigan raced out to a 5-3 advantage. Junior Karlyanna Kopra broke the drought with a goal midway through the fourth quarter, and Lansing netted her second goal of the contest with just over a minute to play to even the score. But the Wolverines answered on their next possession, to grab the lead for good.

Brown had a chance to tie the game in the final thirty seconds, but was unable to convert on a 6-on-5 opportunity keeping the score at 6-5 in Michigan's favor.

In game two Lansing netted her second goal of the game, on a skip shot with 1:25 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Brown a 5-4 lead over Maryland, moving Brown into Sunday's fifth-place game against Indiana. Lansing helped Brown jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter when she scored on a penalty shot less than three minutes into the contest. Maryland quickly came back with two goals in the next two minutes to tie the game. Neither team led by more than one goal after the 2:33 mark of the first quarter.

Junior Caitlin Fahey added two goals for Brown, while Kopra chipped in one goal.

The Bears will face Indiana in the fifth place match-up tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m.