Nick Piroli’s Four Goals Leads Brown Over Vermont, 14-5
Burlington, Vermont - Freshman Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) scored a career high four goals to lead eight different Brown goal scorers in the Bears' 14-5 victory over Vermont Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. The Bears evened their record at 3-3 on the season with the win, while the Catamounts fell to 1-7.
Piroli added an assist to his four goals to finish with a career best five points. Sophomore Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) and junior Johnny DePeters (Woodbury, CT) each netted two goals for the Bears. Senior captain Parker Brown (San Francisco, CA) had three assists to go with his goal.
Sophomore Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) dominated the face-off X, winning 11 of 18 face-offs, while picking up eight ground balls. Sophomore goalie Will Round (St. Lebanon, PA) was solid in the Brown net with eight saves.
Vermont's Geoff Worley had three goals and two assists, while Drew Philie added two goals for the Catamounts.
After Vermont jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the game's opening minute, Brown took control on consecutive first quarter goals by Piroli, senior Parker Brown and Hurster to lead 3-1 after the opening quarter.
Hurster and Piroli completed Brown's 5-0 burst with goals in the opening 1:26 of the second quarter to give the Bears a 5-1 advantage. Vermont made a mini-run at the Bears on goals by Philie and Worley late in the second quarter to pull to within two goals, 5-3, but Piroli's third goal of the game with one second left in the half was a crushing blow to the Catamounts' comeback bid, giving Brown a 6-3 lead at intermission.
Vermont opened the second half scoring to trail, 6-4, following Philie's second goal of ten game. Goals by junior George Sherman (Greenwich, CT), senior Rob Schlesinger (Medford, MA) and DePeters iced the game and lifted the Bears to a 9-4 advantage late in the third quarter. Worley scored the Catamounts final goal of the game to trail, 9-5 after three quarters.
Brown out-scored the Catamounts, 5-0, in the final quarter for the final margin of victory.
The Bears dominated the Catamounts in all aspects of the game, picking up 43 ground balls to Vermont's 26, winning 13 of 22 face-offs, and out-shooting the home squad by a 39-30 margin.
Brown travels to Durham, North Carolina to face 11th-ranked Duke on Tuesday, March 27, starting at 3:00 p.m.