November 8, 2013

Gavin Scores 11th Goal In 3-1 Loss To Brown

Five Yale Senior Honored Prior To Last Home Game

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Brown won a majority of the scrums in the box at both ends of the field, and the result was a 3-1 victory over Yale on a chilly night at Reese Stadium.

The Bears' three goals weren't necessarily pretty but were the result of hard work.

"I thought we battled in the middle of the field but lost the battles in the box," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith.

The highlight of night for the Bulldogs came from Melissa Gavin, who scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season. It came early in the second half when she drilled a free kick from 30 yards out that deflected off the cross bar and in.

"Melissa has had a good season," Meredith said. "I think next year she is capable of scoring 15 goals. She has enough talent."

The offensive star for Brown was Alison Mullin, who scored two goals. Chloe Cross added a pair of assists.

The first goal of the game came just 2:45 in. Annie Gillen sent a corner kick into the box. Yale goalkeeper Elise Wilcox couldn't control it, and Kiersten Berg somehow poked it in amongst a horde of players in front of the net.

The Bears (9-6-1, 4-2-1 Ivy) also scored early in the second half. This time they needed just 15 seconds. Mullin finished from the left side of the box.

Mullin struck again less than four minutes later when she deflected in a ball that Cross had sent into the box.

Yale (7-7-1, 2-4-1 Ivy) applied heavy pressure the rest of the game but was only able to get the goal from Gavin.

The Bulldogs finished with an 18-15 edge in shots.

Friday was the final home game for five Yale seniors. Juliann Jeffrey, Anna McCahon, Shannon McSweeney, Jessica Schloth and Katie Underwood were recognized prior to kickoff.

"They've all remained positive through the ups and downs of the season, and I appreciate that," Meredith said. "I'm really proud of them."

The same two teams play what will be a non-conference game on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Providence.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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