Philadelphia, PA – Sophomore attackman Sam Hurster scored three goals to help the Brown men's lacrosse team open to a 10-0 lead and cruise to an 11-3 victory over St. Joseph's Saturday afternoon. The win lifts the Bears to 2-2 overall, while the Hawks fall to 2-4.
Hurster opened the scoring with 7:03 left in the first quarter and the Bears never looked back. Junior George Sherman, sophomore Stephen Chmil and senior co-captain Parker Brown netted goals to give the Bears a 4-0 lead after one quarter.
Teamwork was the keyword in the second quarter as all five goals came as the result of an assist. Senior Dan O'Brien grabbed a pass from senior co-captain Rob Schlesinger; Chmil scored from junior Johnny DePeters; freshman Nick Piroli took a pass from Parker Brown; Sherman converted from a Schlesinger pass; and Hurster scored on a pass from Piroli to lift the Bears to a 9-0 halftime advantage.
Hurster netted his third goal early in the third quarter, before Johnny Simanski and Billy Annesley scored for the Hawks to cut Brown's lead to 10-2. O'Brien's second goal gave Brown an 11-2 lead after three quarters.
St. Joseph's Ted Hospodar scored the lone fourth quarter goal to account for the final score.
The Bears were rock solid in goal with sophomore Will Round making 12 saves, while allowing just two goals. Freshman Corbin Booker made three saves for the Bears in the game's last 3:58. St. Joseph's goalie Griffin Ferrigan registered 110 saves.
The Hawks finished the game with a 33-31 advantage in shots, while Brown held a 17-13 advantage in ground balls.
The Bears open their Ivy League season next Saturday, March 17, traveling to Boston, Mass., to face Harvard. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.