Denver Win One-Goal Thriller Over Brown

DENVER Denver senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) had four points on two assists and two goals, including the game-winner, leading the Pioneers to a 9-8 victory over Brown on Monday afternoon.

Sophomore Rachael McKinnon (Brooklin, Ontario, Canada) scored four goals, and senior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) added a goal and an assist for the Pioneers (7-1, 2-0 MPSF), while redshirt junior goalkeeper Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made 10 saves, including one with 45 seconds left that allowed the Pioneers to run out the clock.

"I thought we did a lot of things well, but it was not a 60-minute game for us," head coach Liza Kelly said. "The draw controls, in particular: we went 0-11 in the second half. That's something we need to improve upon. But McKinnon had four goals, that Harris and Etzel combo for the goal, and Hannah had a huge save for us at the end, I think our seniors really stepped up and won us the game. But we are a better team than we showed today."

Denver jumped to an early 2-0 lead just 1:38 into the game, as McKinnon scored 33 seconds after Etzel.

Brown (7-1) tied the game at 2-2 with 14:52, but the Pioneers finished off the half with a goal by Harris and free position goals from junior Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) and McKinnon, giving DU a 5-2 at halftime.

The Bears fought back in the second half with four goals, separated only by a free position goal by junior Rachael Dillon (Mount Sinai, N.Y.), as Brown tied it again at 6-6 with 17:46 remaining.

After McKinnon scored her hat trick goal, Brown scored twice to take its first lead of the game at 8-7 with 7:48 on the clock.

McKinnon tied the game with her fourth goal off a feed from Harris with 6:31 remaining, and Harris buried the game-winner off a pass from Etzel with just 1:29 left.

The Pioneers held a 13-7 advantage in ground balls, and Brown won the draw control battle 14-5.

Denver next hosts George Washington on Friday at 7:00 p.m. MT, followed by a meeting against Saint Mary's on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. MT.

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DENVER A valiant second half rally fell short as Brown (7-1) suffered its first defeat of the season in a 9-8 loss at Denver (7-1) on Monday at Peter Barton Stadium.

Danielle Mastro (Endicott, N.Y.) paced the Bears with a hat trick and a team-high six shots while Grace Healy (Bellport, N.Y.) added a goal and five draw controls. Despite a strong performance in goal, Kellie Roddy (Poway, Calif.) suffered her first setback of the season as she surrendered nine goals while making eight saves to drop to 7-1. Denver netminder Hannah Hook turned away 10 Brown shots en route to her seventh victory of the season.

The Brown offense was stymied in the opening 30 minutes of play as the Pioneers held the Bears to two goals on seven shots total. After Jenn Etzel and Rachael McKinnon gave Denver an early 2-0 lead, the Bears evened the score with back-to-back tallies from Richael Walsh (Westwood, Mass.) and Mastro with under 15 minutes to play in the half.

The Pioneers countered with three consecutive goals to close out the half, led by McKinnon's second strike of the contest to give Denver a 5-2 lead at the break.

The Brown attack found its groove early in the second half as Mastro and Kerianne Hunt (Alamo, Calif.) drew the Bears within one at 5-4. Trailing by a 7-6 margin with under 10 minutes to play, Brown nabbed its only lead of the afternoon as Lauren Toy (Kentfield, Calif.) knotted the game with the Bears a man down right before Janie Gion (Northfield, Ill.) put them up 8-7 with 7:48 to play.

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