#13 Brown Hosts #18 UMass In Classic New England Match-up
Providence, Rhode Island - There is no greater lacrosse rivalry in New England than Brown and UMass, and the two Top 20 squads will face-off for the 45th time on Tuesday, March 23rd at Brown’s Meister-Kavan Field in a 4:00 p.m. start.
The Bears come into Tuesday’s game ranked 13th nationally with a 3-1 overall record following a hard-fought 13-11 Ivy League win over Harvard in Cambridge on Saturday. The 18th-ranked Minutemen, who are 4-2 overall, are well rested, having beaten Providence College, 17-3, last Tuesday.
Fans who can’t make it to the game can follow the Bears and Minutemen with live stats, available on Brown’s web site, www.brownbears.com.
Two of the highest scoring teams in the country will be represented at Meister-Kavan Field on Tuesday, with the Bears averaging 14.0 goals per game, seventh best in the nation, and UMass averaging 14.7 goals per game, third nationally.
Brown’s high-powered offense is led by junior Andrew Feinberg, junior David Hawley, sophomore Parker Brown, and senior All-American Thomas Muldoon.
Feinberg was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after scoring four goals in Brown’s win over Harvard. His 11 goals lead the Bears and ranks second in the Ivy League. Hawley’s nine goals ranks second on the Brown team, while Parker Brown has scored seven goals.
Muldoon, who had two goals against Harvard, has netted seven goals this season and is the 20th leading scorer in Brown lacrosse history. His 96 career goals rank 11th in the Brown record book, while his 127 career points is tied with Rick Buck ’70, for 20th spot on Brown’s all-time scoring list.
Brown’s defense has also started to come together, with junior All-American Peter Fallon leading the way. The Bears’ defense has also been buoyed by the feisty play of freshman Roger Ferguson, who leads the squad with 18 ground balls, while adding three assists.
Junior Matt Chriss has been solid in goal for the Bears, making an Ivy League leading 10.0 saves per game. He nearly scored for the Bears against the Crimson when his crafty end-to-end run in the waning moments ended with the ball in the back of the Harvard net. Unfortunately, Chriss landed in the crease following the shot, disallowing the goal.
Next up for the Bears is a match-up against 7th-ranked Duke on Tuesday, March 30, in Durham, North Carolina.
Pictured: Brown goalie Matt Chriss '11 nearly scored against Harvard. photo by Mike Goldfarb