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Women’s field hockey falls to 2-4 against Princeton in Ivy League play

Bears cap home schedule with defeat against Princeton on Senior Day

<p>The team hosted their Senior Day against Princeton, honoring its three senior players Rosen, Cooper and van Rootselaar prior to the game.</p>

The team hosted their Senior Day against Princeton, honoring its three senior players Rosen, Cooper and van Rootselaar prior to the game.

The field hockey team (6-10, 2-4 Ivy) lost 3-0 to No. 18 Princeton (9-7, 5-1 Ivy) in its final home game of the season. The Bears held off Princeton in the first quarter, but the Tigers’ attack proved too tough to quell. Princeton scored in each of the final three quarters to pull away with the victory.

The Tigers converted the first goal of the game in the second quarter after capitalizing off a penalty stroke. Princeton doubled its lead three minutes into the third quarter off a set-up on the far post that resulted in a tap-in past goalie Jodie Brine ’23, who ended with four saves in the game. Princeton sealed its win with just under two and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter as a far shot broke through the Bears’ defense for a 3-0 Tigers lead. 

Each team had the same number of penalty shot opportunities, with both receiving two in the game. The Tigers held an 11-5 advantage in shots over the Bears and a 7-3 edge in shots on goal.

Captain Emma Rosen ’22 expressed disappointment in the Bears’ slow start. “I think we just had something missing,” she said. “Toward the last minute we tried coming together with more communication and hustle, but unfortunately, it was too late.”

The Bears hosted their Senior Day against Princeton, and honored their three seniors prior to the game: Rosen, Amanda Cooper ’22 and Danielle van Rootselaar ’22. 

Cooper described what kind of legacy the seniors hoped to leave the future field hockey teams at Brown. “The three of us have a lot of love for this program,” Cooper said. “We wanted to leave this program better than we found it, and I think we did just that.”

Head Coach Jill Reeve echoed these praises, emphasizing the lasting impact these seniors left the program. “They’re all incredible people and dedicated to the program. They are a great gift to the game, and we are really gonna miss them,” Reeve said.

Van Rootselaar was proud of the effort her and her fellow seniors put in in their final home game, despite coming up short against Princeton. “It’s unfortunate to lose on Senior Day, but we fought like we always do,” van Rootselaar said. “We have so much heart and discipline in this program, and I hope it stays that way because that’s what Brown field hockey is and always will be.” 

The Bears close out the season next Saturday on the road in Cambridge against No. 18 Harvard (14-1, 6-0 Ivy).



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