SAN DIEGO, Calif. – After trailing by two following the first half, the Brown women’s lacrosse team outscored Cal 8-5 in the second to claim a 14-13 win at Aztec Lacrosse Field on Wednesday night. Sophomore Carolyn Paletta (Greenwich, Conn.) led the Bears with a career-high six points including three goals in the second stanza. The win moves Brown to 4-5 on the season while Cal falls to 2-9.
Jena Fritts opened the game’s scoring at 29:25 to give the Golden Bears a quick 1-0 lead. Brown would then record two straight goals, by freshman Rachel Vercillo (Syracuse, N.Y.) (27:14), the first of her career, and Paletta (26:32). The two teams traded goals with freshman Emma DeGennaro (Huntington, N.Y.) (24:14) scoring the latter of the two, giving the Bears a 3-2 edge.
Cal’s offense then caught fire as the team scored six-straight goals to take an 8-3 lead, including a pair from Elizabeth Pellechi (23:01, 18:18) to get the scoring going.
The Bears went on a run of their own, registering the next three goals to close the half down by two. Paletta (10:30) and Vercillo (7:52) both recorded their second goals of the game in the span.
Cal outshot Brown 19-13 in the opening half and also had a 10-5 lead in draw controls. Both teams were 0-for-4 on free position shots. Freshman Maggie Bigelow (Montclair, N.J.) came on in relief in goal and made six saves in the period while Jenny Wilkens stopped five shots for Cal.
Brown opened the second half with a score by sophomore Hafsa Moinuddin (Cheshire, Conn.) to pull within one of Cal (8-7) at 27:28.
Garrett Parker put Cal back in the scoring column at 25:49 to give the Golden Bears a two goal advantage (9-7).
Paletta next registered her third of the game at 25:09 and sophomore Zoe Verni (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) added her second of the day at 22:14 to tie the score, 9-9.
Cal regained a brief lead before Moinuddin scored her second tally of the contest at 18:30 and tied it up at 10. Jena Fritts next scored two straight to give the Golden Bears a 12-10 advantage but Brown’s offense would respond with another run, this time a four goal swing with Paletta netting two scores to give the Bears a 14-12 advantage.
The Golden Bears would make it close as Murayama Noelani pulled them within one at 1:53 but Brown’s defense would hold off the Golden Bears en route to its 14-13 win.
Bigelow closed the second half with four saves while Wilkens posted five. The Bears had a heavy 11-3 advantage in draw controls in the stanza and also outshot the Golden Bears 17-14.
Brown was 2-for-3 in the final frame on free position shots, with their last two goals of the game coming on the free position (Paletta, DeGennaro), while Cal was 1-for-2.
Paletta finished the game with a career-high six points on five goals and one assist and also added a game-high eight ground balls. Moinuddin also had a strong game offensively with four points on three goals and one assist. Vercillo, who scored her first-collegiate goal in the game, concluded the contest with three points (2G, 1A). Bigelow finished with a career-best 10 saves in net.
The Bears are back in action on Friday, March 31 and remain in California to take on San Diego State at Aztec Field for an 8:00 p.m. ET contest.