PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women’s lacrosse team opened its 2017 season with a triumphant 19-0 victory over Sacred Heart at Stevenson-Pincince Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bears registered 12 first-half goals and added seven in the second. Sophomore Hafsa Moinuddin (Cheshire, Conn.) led Brown in points with six, on five goals and one assists.
Four Bears registered hat tricks in the game, including Moinuddin, sophomore Carolyn Paletta (Greenwich, Conn.), sophomore Grace Plassche (Clinton, N.J.) and sophomore Zoe Verni (Mamaroneck, N.Y.).
Junior Mikaela Karlsson (Framingham, Mass) recorded nine saves in the shutout for the Bears. It was the first time since 1982 that Brown did not concede a goal, when Stephanie Sanders posted a shutout against Bridgewater State.
Moinuddin opened the game with three-straight goals (one free position score) to give Brown a 3-0 lead in less than five minutes. Verni tallied the next score at 24:57. Paletta, a transfer for North Carolina, next recorded her first goal as a Bear at 24:46. A free position shot from Plassche at 21:13 made it 6-0. Verni added her second score of the game (19:58) and Moinuddin scored her fourth (14:49). Freshman Julia Hondros (Villanova, Pa.) netter her first collegiate goal on a free position shot at 12:34.
The Bears closed out the first half with two man-up goals (Plassche – 11:53, Verni – 00:28) and another Monuddin tally to head into the break up 12-0. Verni’s goal with 28 seconds left completed Brown’s second hat trick in the half.
The Bears’ defense only allowed seven Sacred Heart shots in the opening half, while Karlsson made six saves. Brown’s offense registered 26 shots in the opening frame and held an 8-4 advantage in draw controls, winning the first two of the contest. Defensively, the Bears forced 10 SHU turnovers and scooped up a commanding 13 ground balls compared to the Pioneers’ three. Brown was a perfect 3-for-3 on free position shots while Sacred Heart was 0-for-2.
In the second half, the Bears continued to dominate both ends of the field. Palatta scored the first two goals of the period (28:30, 26:19), to record a hat trick. Freshman KC Williams (Duxbury, Mass.) netted her first career score at 19:43 and junior Emma Dahle (Wynnewood, Pa.) later scored a free position goal at 10:19. Plassche recorded her third goal at 6:40 on a free position shot. Junior Rose Mangiarotti (Locust Valley, N.Y.) got in the scoring column at 2:04 while Williams closed out the game’s scoring with 49 seconds left on the clock for her second of the contest.
Shots were tied in the second for both teams at nine. Brown was 2-for-3 in the period in free position shots and again shut out SHU’s chances (0-for-3).
For the game, Brown held a 35-16 shot advantage and a 23-11 lead in ground balls. The Bears were 5-for-6 overall in free position shots while the Pioneers were 0-for-5.
In addition to the four hat tricks, senior Kerianne Hunt (Alamo, Calif.) (2A), Dahle (1G, 1A), Hondros (1G, 1A) and Williams (2G) recorded multi-point efforts in the commanding win.
Freshman Maggie Bigelow (Montclair, N.J.) also appeared in net, logging 7:11 minutes in her first collegiate appearance.
The Bears’ 35 team points just fell short of the program record 36, set most recently against St. Mary’s in 2011.
Brown will remain at Stevenson-Pincince Field for its next game and host Holy Cross on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in a 6:00 p.m. contest.
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