Brown Hosts #6 UMass In Key New England Rivalry Game

Providence, Rhode Island - New England's longest running lacrosse rivalry will be renewed for the 51st time when Brown hosts #6 UMass on Saturday, March 3 at Meister-Kavan Field.  Both teams are coming off wins, the Bears (1-0) over Quinnipiac, and the Minutemen (3-0) over Ohio State. Face-off is at 1:00 p.m.

 

Brown's Record:  The Bears are coming off a 12-7 win over Quinnipiac in Hamden, Connecticut, behind the play of freshman Nick Piroli, who scored three goals, and senior Dan O'Brien, who registered five points (2 goals, 3 assists).

 

The Minutemen: UMass has already played three games, posting wins over Army (12-11), #12 Bucknell (11-9) and #11 Ohio State (9-3).

 

The Series Record:  Brown and UMass will be meeting for the 51th time, with the Bears holding a 26-23-1 series advantage. The Minutemen have won the last two games, including a 9-6 decision last year in Amherst. Brown earned a 9-8 decision in 2009 at Garbor Field.

 

Round In The Goal: Bears' sophomore Will Round was outstanding in a starting role against Quinnipiac, making 10 first half saves against the Bobcats, and finishing with 12 saves.

 

Piroli Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Brown freshman attackman Nick Piroli made a big splash in his collegiate debut, scoring three goals in a 12-7 win over Quinnipiac to be named the Ivy league co-Rookie of the Week. Piroli is the first Brown freshman to start on attack since Andrew Feinberg in 2008. 

 

Facing Off:  Sophomore Tommy Capone took over the face-off duties for the Bears and settled down after a rough start.  Capone lost six of five face-offs in the opening quarter against Quinnipiac, but came back to capture 12 of the next 16 face-offs to finish the game 13 of 21.

 

Listen To The Bears:  If you can't make it to the game, listen to all the action live on brownbears.com.  Mike Rubin and Mike Mancuso will call all the action.

 

Bear Facts:  Seniors Parker Brown and Rob Schlesinger are co-captains of the 2012 Brown lacrosse team. Parker Brown, who had a goal and two assists vs. Quinnipiac,  was the Bears' leading scorer in 2011 with 40 points (22 goals, 18 assists), while Schlesinger was an All-Ivy and All-New England selection...Sophomore attackman Sam Hurster netted two goals against Quinnipiac...Junior defenseman Sam Ford picked up a game high six ground balls vs. Quinnipiac.

 

2012 Brown Men's Lacrosse Schedule

2/26     Sun.     at Quinnipiac                          W, 12-7

3/3       Sat.      UMASS                                  1:00 p.m.

3/7       Wed.    HARTFORD                          3:00 p.m.

3/10     Sat.      at St. Joseph's (PA)               1:00 p.m.

3/17     Sat.      at Harvard                               7:00 p.m.

3/24     Sat.      at Vermont                              1:00 p.m.

3/27     Tue.     at Duke                                   3:00 p.m.

3/31     Sat.      PRINCETON                        3:00 p.m.

4/3       Tue.     BRYANT                                7:00 p.m.

4/7       Sat.      at Penn                                                7:30 p.m.

4/13     Fri.      YALE                                      7:00 p.m.

4/17     Tue.     PROVIDENCE                      7:00 p.m.

4/21     Sat.      at Cornell                                3:00 p.m.

4/28     Sat.      DARTMOUTH                      3:00 p.m.

5/4       Fri.      Ivy League Tournament          TBA

5/6       Su.       Ivy League Tournament          TBA

 

Head Coach:  Lars Tiffany (Brown '90)

Assistant Coaches: Kip Turner (Virginia '07), Steven Boyle (Johns Hopkins '10), Michael Brand (Buffalo '05)

Captains:  Parker Brown '12 and Rob Schlesinger '12