April 30, 2009

Brown Edges Yale 7-5

April 29, 2009

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Yale rallied from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game 5-5 with 11:23 to play Wednesday night at Stevenson Field, but Brown midfielder Molly McCarthy broke the tie with 7:51 left and attacker Jesse Nunn added an insurance goal in the final minute for the 7-5 final in favor of the Bears. Senior midfielder Jenn Warden scored four goals for Yale, all unassisted, and sophomore midfielder Logan Greer scored the other Yale goal on a free position shot. Freshman goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush made 11 saves, holding Brown to a 3-for-7 performance on free position attempts.

After Nunn and Warden traded goals in the first seven minutes, Brown (7-8, 3-4 Ivy League) went on a four-goal run. It took slightly more than eight minutes for the Bears to turn a 1-1 game into a 5-1 game, with three of those five goals scored on free position shots.

Shortly after a shot by Warden hit the post, Greer finally ended the run by converting a free position attempt at the 10:19 mark. Quackenbush kept the Bears from responding with a save on a shot by midfielder Kelly Robinson 30 seconds later. She also stopped a free position shot by attacker/midfielder Kaela McGilloway with seven minutes left, and came far out of the cage to stuff McCarthy's shot attempt after a Yale turnover with slightly more than a minute to play.

Quackenbush also turned aside a pair of free position shots in the opening moments of the second half. While she and the Yale defense buckled down, the Bulldog attack chipped away. Goals by Warden at 21:40 and 15:18 brought Yale within one. After another Quackenbush save, junior defender Claire Eliasberg came up with a key ground ball with 14:30 left in the game to end Brown's chances to extend its lead.

The Bulldogs set up on attack, and Warden waited until she saw her opportunity to drive. Her unassisted goal at 11:23 tied the game up.

Freshman midfielder Winnie Call got the draw control following the game-tying goal, but the Bulldogs turned the ball over and Brown took advantage of the chance to go back ahead. After sending a pair of shots wide, Nunn finally got the ball to McCarthy for the go-ahead tally.

Brown had the ball on attack and called time with 4:35 to play, and right after play resumed the Bears benefited from a yellow card against the Bulldogs that left Yale playing down a man for the majority of the rest of the game. Quackenbush kept her team in it by stopping a shot from midfielder Kelly Robinson with 3:30 to play, and Greer came away with the ground ball. But another turnover, one of 19 by the Bulldogs for the game, ended the Yale possession. That gave Brown the chance to run the clock down. With Quackenbush out of goal pressuring the ball, attacker Bethany Buzzell fed Nunn for a 7-5 lead with 56 seconds to play.

Sophomore defender Fielding Kidd won the draw to Warden for one last shot, but Brown goalie Isabel Harvey made the save and the Bears ran out the clock. The Brown win snapped a 15-game winning streak in the series for Yale.

Yale (5-10, 1-6 Ivy League) closes out its season Saturday at No. 8 Georgetown.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity