Brown falls to No. 5 Princeton

Brown falls to No. 5 Princeton

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown women's hockey team was defeated by No. 5 Princeton, 8-2, on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium. With the win, the Tigers clinch the 2018-19 Ivy League title.

"Congratulations to Princeton on a well-deserved Ivy trophy," said head coach Carisa Wahlig. "They're a great team and demonstrated what it looks like when players buy in and work for an entire game."

Princeton (16-3-5, 13-1-3 ECAC) built a 3-0 lead in the first period with Sarah Fillier recording the first tally at 3:29. MacKenzie Ebel followed with an unassisted score at 6:23 and Maggie Connors added a goal just before the end of the period at 18:45. Brown (5-17-2, 2-13-2 ECAC) fought off the lone penalty in the opening frame while the Tigers held just a three shot advantage overall (12-9).

The Tigers scored two-straight power-play goals (Mariah Keopple at 5:50, Connors at 7:42) to open the second to gain a 5-0 lead. Connors made it 6-0 at 9:46 to complete the hat trick.

Sophomore Darby Melia (Marshfield, Mass.) put the Bears on the board at 12:27 with her second goal of the season. Freshman Lizzy Gross (Scarborough, Maine) and junior Sarah Migliori (East Greenwich, R.I.) combined for the assist, Migliori's first helper of the year.

Princeton was 2-for-2 in the stanza on the power play while Brown was 0-fo-1 on its lone chance. Shots were tied for the period with each team generating 14.

The Tigers registered two quick goals at 1:14 (Connors) and 2:51 (Sarah Verbeek) to open the third. Junior Veronica Alois (Andover, Mass.) closed out the scoring in the contest at 5:06 with her third of the season while the Bears were on the power play. Freshman Shay Maloney (McHenry, Ill.) picked up her team-leading 11th assist of the season.

Shots were again close for the third, with the Tigers holding a 13-8 advantage. Overall, Princeton outshot Brown, 39-31. Each team had one power-play opportunity in the third with the Bears killing of their infraction and capitalizing on their lone opportunity with Alois' goal.

Junior Calla Isaac (Sherwood Park, Alberta) finished with 22 saves in goal in two periods of work while freshman Hayley Kliczko (Niles, Ill.) made nine stops in the first period. Rachel McQuigge went the distance for the Tigers and totaled 29 saves.
 
Brown will close out the weekend tomorrow (Feb. 9), hosting Quinnipiac at 3:00 p.m.