GAME SUMMARY—vs. Holy Cross
Brown Club Field Hockey was on fire Saturday afternoon in their 4-1 victory over Holy Cross. The Bears started off strong with a goal from Jackie Fisher off a corner in the first five minutes of play. The score stayed 1-0 for the rest of the half, but then the Bears truly took possession of the game after halftime with rapid-fire goals from Jackie and Amanda Gonsalves. Brown then answered the Crusaders' goal with another of their own, ending the game on a high note. Jackie and Amanda both had stellar games, showcasing their ability to blow past defense and put the ball in the net. Chelsea Harris '09 and Jules Goldner kept the ball moving up the field, and Kimmy Wilhelm held down the midfield with her persistent jabs. On the defensive side, it was a great game all around, with Chelsea Macco '11, Ann "Ann-imal" Crawford-Roberts '12, and Sam Deandrade '12 proving an almost impenetrable wall, Veronica Clarkson'12 delivering her powerful free hits, and Ellie Cutler making characteristically great saves in goal.
GAME SUMMARY—vs. Yale
Yale walked onto Warner Turf, completely matching from head to toe. Although Brown did not have fancy matching uniforms, they were definitely color coordinated. Two males were in tow as part of Yale's team, which was initially intimidating, but the Bears rose to the occasion and continuously marked the short, quick, cheetah-fast male field player. Kaitlin Fitzpatrick, one of the team's captains, was particularly consistent at marking this guy. The Bears had a strong start in this season-opening game. Many new players made their debut, while numerous returners from last year's team used their experience on the field. Ellie Cutler , the team's new goal keeper, had incredible saves and outstanding clears, rejecting Yale from scoring time after time. The defensive team of Chelsea Macco, Cara Mazzucco, Sarah Votolato, Sam Dedrande, and Margaret Merritt, were incredibly strong against the oppressing Bulldog offense. The sidelines were quite rowdy with lots of encouraging cheers that urged the Bears on. Lisa Berdie, a new team member, had numerous amazing block tackles that stopped Yale from entering the Bear's defensive side of the field. Brown blocked up during many of the defensive corners, shutting out any possibility of a goal. Anneke Baran, also a new member, had several great clears that helped move the ball to the offensive line. Remy Dikeou, another new member who brings a lot of experience to the team, had great intensity, strong passes, and was a definite leader on the field. Lauren Reimnitz, an experienced new member, played very strong offense. Chelsea Harris, a senior and one of the team's captains, brought great skill, persistence and dedication to this game. Kimmy Wilhelm, one of the team's most devoted members, had some incredible sweeps, and she had an overall great game. The Bears had a strong second half, but Yale managed to slip in a goal, making the final score 1-0. The Bears played incredibly well as a team in their first game of the season-go Brown!