The engine that drives any lacrosse team is its midfield. Brown coach Lars Tiffany believes that the Bears have a talented and relentless group of middies that will enable the Bears to compete for the Ivy title.
Senior captain Rob Schlesinger, an All-Ivy and All-New England selection, will once again be the leader of the Bears' midfield. A fierce competitor, he finished as Brown's top scoring midfielder, and fourth leading scorer overall, with 18 points. He scored 12 goals and handed out six assists for the Bears. Schlesinger, who picked up 24 ground balls, turned in a standout performance in Brown's win over #12 Penn, scoring a career high four goals, while distributing two assists. Schlesinger is also on the Tewaarton Watch list.
Junior George Sherman and sophomore Stephen Chmil are expected to run with Schlesinger in the first midfield. Sherman had a breakout season with 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) and will bring savvy and creative comprehension to the game. Chmil is a hard-nosed player, who saw action in all 14 games a year ago.
O'Brien is expected to move back-and-forth between the midfield and attack. An excellent dodger, he scored three goals as a sophomore. Freshman Tyler Landis, juniors Shane McHugh and Johnny DePeters, senior Nick Laster and freshman Nick St. Laurent are also expected to see playing time in the midfield.
Brown's coaching staff has high hopes for junior defensive midfielder Alex Jones, who scored five goals and handed out two assists a year ago. He's an exciting defender with the speed to go coast-to-coast, providing tremendous match-up problems for the opposition. Joining Jones in the defensive midfield are sophomore Dan Mellynchuk, freshman Nick Weeden, freshman Jordan Schochet, sophomore Julian Musikant and junior Obafemi Alese.
Brown's defense, goalies and face-off will be previewed in the next few days.