College Field Hockey
Brown University 3, Rider University 2
PROVIDENCE, R.I.–Despite out-shooting the host Bears of Brown, the Rider University field hockey team suffered its first loss of the 2013 season, falling 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in Rhode Island.
Rider (3-1) twice battled back from one-goal deficits in the contest.
“We battled back twice but we didn’t play the way we are capable,” said head coach Lori Hussong. “We lacked intensity and effort and it just wasn’t a good game as far as our effort level.”
Brown broke a scoreless tie 19:30 into the game before Bronc freshman Carlie Spaeder (Newtown Square, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) tied the game 1-1 with an unassisted goal, 86 seconds later.
For Spaeder, it was her first goal of the season.
The Bears answered just 2:04 later, taking a 2-1 lead at the 23:00 mark before sophomore Melissa Alonso (Toms River/Toms River HS North) took a pass from senior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain), scoring with 6:03 left before intermission, to tie the game 2-2.
Alonso has two of Rider’s 10 goals on the season with Penas notching her third assist of the season.
Brown took the lead for good 3:34 into the second half for the final score.
“We need to figure out how to play together better and give our best effort as a unit,” Hussong said. “Brown is a very good team and they moved the ball really well. Their one on one skills were better than our one on one skills. The bottom line is, if you hustle and give second effort, you can change the tenor of the game and we lacked that.”
Rider out-shot Brown 24-13 and the Broncs held a 10-5 penalty corner advantage.
“We had effort in spurts but it wasn’t everyone as a unit,” Hussong added. “For the first five or 10 minutes of the game, we had several opportunities where the ball was on the goalie’s pads and we didn’t put it home. We need to be ready to score when those opportunities arise and give Brown credit, they cashed in on their opportunities.”
Sophomore goalie Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Mark’s) made five saves for the Broncs with two of the three Brown goals coming on rebounds after an initial save.
This is the first time that Rider and Brown have met in field hockey.
Rider travels to Hofstra September 13 for a 4 p.m. contest. The Bronc home opener is September 20 against Towson.
“The Hofstra game is going to be a tough battle,” said Hussong. “We are going to do our best to prepare the team this week to face them. If we work hard and give the effort, this team has the potential to do a lot and it is just a matter of when we are going to see that effort on a more consistent basis.”