Foxborough, Mass. – Whenever Brown and Princeton get together it’s sure to be a strong defensive effort by both teams. 16th-ranked Brown battled 5th-ranked Princeton in the New England Lacrosse Classic at Gillette Stadium, falling to the Tigers by a 9-7 margin in a key Ivy League match-up.
The loss, Brown’s fourth to a Top 10 ranked team, drops the Bears to 3-4 overall, 1-1 in the Ivy League. Brown's losses have now come to #5 Princeton, #7 Duke, #8 Hofstra and #9 UMass by a total of seven goals. Princeton extended its record to 7-1 overall, 3-0 in Ivy play, with the win.
Brown tied the roller-coaster game, 6-6, on a goal by senior All-American Thomas Muldoon, with 10:18 remaining to play and just five seconds after Cornell had taken the lead.
Princeton took the lead for good, 7-6, on Chris McBride’s unassisted goal with 5:17 left on the clock. Goals by Princeton’s Paul Barnes and Tyler Moni with 2:00 remaining to play.
Junior Reade Seligman gave the Bears hope with 53 seconds remaining to cut the Tigers’ lead to 9-7, but that was as close as the Bears would get.
Princeton held a 3-2 lead after one quarter, and the score remained that way after a scoreless second quarter.
Junior Andrew Feinberg tied the game, 3-3, early in the third quarter, but the Tigers answered with consecutive goals by Jack McBride and Alex Capretta to pull ahead, 5-3, with 6:01 left in the quarter.
Sophomore Rob Schlesinger scored for Brown to pull to within one goal, 5-4, after three quarters of play.
Hawley and Feinberg led the Bears with two goals each, while Seligmann added a goal and an assist. Junior Matt Chriss made nine saves in goal for the Bears.
Both McBride’s, Jack and Chris, scored two goals each to lead the Tigers. Tyler Fiorito came up with 17 saves in goal for the Tigers, including eight in the fourth quarter.
Brown returns to action at home on Tuesday evening, April 6, hosting Bryant at Stevenson Field. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Pictured: Thomas Muldoon '10. photo by dspics.com