Bears Look To Stay In Ivy Playoff Race Against #3 Cornell

Brown's men's lacrosse team (5-7, 1-3 Ivy) will look to keep its Ivy League Playoff hopes alive against nationally third ranked Cornell (9-2, 4-0 Ivy), battling the Big Red at Stevenson Field on Saturday, April 23, at 3:00 p.m., in their final home game of the 2011 season.

Congratulations Brown Seniors:  Today's game against Cornell is the final home game for 11 Brown seniors – Matt Chriss, Teddy Daiber, Peter Fallon, Andrew Feinberg, Jeffrey Foote, Matt Greenberg, David Hawley, Nick MartellJoe Orloff, Seth Ratner and Jimmy Wittpenn.  This outstanding group came to College Hill in the fall of 2007 and went on to capture two Ivy League Championships (2008, 2010) and earn an NCAA Playoff berth (2009).

 

About the Bears: Senior goalie Matt Chriss was spectacular in Brown's 6-4 win over Providence on Tuesday, making six fourth quarter saves, while being peppered by 18 Friar shots.  Chriss ranks fourth in the nation with a save percentage of .606, while his 12.2 saves per game also rank fourth nationally…Brown's man-down defense is number one in the nation (.867), allowing just six goals in 45 opponent attempts…Senior attackman Andrew Feinberg, Brown's eight all-time career leading scorer with 158 points (121 goals, 37 assists), ranks second in the Ivy League with 2.44 goals per game and 3.56 points per game. His 121 career goals are fifth all-time at Brown, and rank seventh among active NCAA Division I players…Junior attackman Parker Brown, who had a goal and two assists vs. Providence, is the Bears' second leading goal scorer (18), while sharing the team lead in scoring with 32 points… Senior All-American defenseman Peter Fallon scored his second goal of the season on an end-to-end run against Yale last week.  He now has four career goals… Sophomore Roger Ferguson leads the Bears with 35 ground balls for the season…Senior Seth Ratner won 4 of 5 face-offs against Providence and captured 79 of 154 face-offs (.513) for the season.

 

About the Big Red: The third-ranked Big Red are coming off an 11-6 victory over #1 ranked Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, handing the Orangemen their first loss of the season.  Senior All-American attackman Rob Pannell scored three goals and handed out three assists for the Big Red… Pannell is one of 25 finalists for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation's top player. A first team All-American in 2010, Pannell leads the nation in points per game (5.5), ranks second in assists per game (2.82) and third overall in goals per game (2.73)…Big Red goalie AJ Fiore has posted an 8.55 goals against average…Cornell's 12.91 goals per game rank second nationally.

 

The Series Record:  Brown and Cornell have met 50 times, dating back to 1964, with the Big Red holding a 33-17 series advantage over the Bears.  Brown and Cornell split games last year, with the Bears taking a 13-10 regular season win over the Big Red in Ithaca, and Cornell earning a 14-8 decision over the Bears in the Ivy league Playoffs, also played in Ithaca.

 

This Date In Brown Lacrosse History:  On April 23, 1985, Brown earned a hard-fought 7-6 win over Yale at Stevenson Field and went on to capture its second ever Ivy League title with a perfect 7-0 Ivy record.

 

2011 Brown Men's Lacrosse Schedule and Results

Feb. 26            Sat.            QUINNIPIAC                        W, 13-4

Mar. 5              Sat.            at #9 UMass                                    L, 6-9

Mar. 9              Wed.            at Hartford                                    L, 6-8

Mar. 12            Sat.            ST. JOSEPH'S                        W, 11-4

Mar. 19            Sat.            HARVARD                                    L, 7-11

Mar. 26            Sat.            VERMONT                                    W, 12-10

Mar. 29            Tue.            at #3 Duke                                    L, 7-12

Apr. 2              Sat.            at Princeton                                    L, 4-5 4ot

Apr. 5              Tue.            at Bryant                                    L, 7-8

Apr. 9              Sat.            #12 PENN                                    W, 13-12

Apr. 16            Sat.            at Yale                                                L, 6-10

Apr. 19            Tue.            at Providence                                    W, 6-4

Apr. 23            Sat.            #3 CORNELL                        3:00 p.m.

Apr. 30            Sat.            at Dartmouth                                    1:00 p.m.

May 6              Fri.            Ivy League Tournament (highest seed)

May 8              Sun.           Ivy League Tournament (highest seed)

 
Pictured:  Senior Peter Fallon '11.  photo by dspics.com