March 29, 2012

Brown Returns To Stevenson Field To Host #13 Princeton

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Providence, Rhode Island – Brown will play at Stevenson Field for the first time this season, returning to Ivy League play to host #13 Princeton on Saturday, March 31 at 3:00 p.m. The Bears will bid adieu to the Stevenson Field grass playing-surface at the completion of the season, with a synthetic turf being installed at Stevenson during the summer months.

Youth Day At Brown:  It's Youth Day at Stevenson Field for Saturday's Ivy match-up against Princeton, with all children 12 and under receiving a free ticket to the game. Also, the first 200 fans will receive a team poster. After the game, the men's lacrosse team will host a free clinic on adjacent Meister-Kavan Field for all boys' youth lacrosse teams and players who attend the game.

Watch Live Video of The Bears On The Internet: Brown lacrosse fans can watch a live video and audio feed of all home games through the America One Network. All remaining lacrosse home games will be aired through Brown's athletic website http://brownbears.com.  Fans wanting to watch Brown events via America One will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player. Games will be sold on an individual basis at $8 per game. Fans can also listen to Mike Rubin and Mike Mancuse call the game live on brownbears.com.

Brown's Record:  The Bears (3-4, 0-1 Ivy) battled #8 Duke to the final seconds in Durham, North Carolina on Tuesday, before falling to the Blue Devils by a 9-8 margin. Freshman Nick Piroli, sophomore Sam Hurster and senior Dan O'Brien each netted two goals for Brown.

The Tigers: Princeton (5-2, 2-0 Ivy) is ranked 13th nationally and riding a three game winning streak following a 10-9 quintuple overtime win over Yale last Saturday. The Tigers have also registered wins over #13 Hofstra (12-6), Manhattan (13-7), #10 Villanova (14-8), and #19 Penn (11-4), while falling to #2 Johns Hopkins (10-8) and #8 North Carolina (9-8)…

The Brown-Princeton Series Record:  Brown and Princeton have met 49 times, dating back to 1964, with the Tigers holding a 28-21 series advantage over the Bears. Princeton has won the last three meetings between the two teams, including an epic 5-4 quadruple overtime decision last year in New Jersey. In 2008, Brown captured the Ivy League title on the final day of the season with a 6-5 win over Princeton at Stevenson Field.

This Date In Brown Lacrosse History- March 31, 1990: Brown defeats Loyola, 10-7, at Stevenson Field for its fifth straight win to open the season.  The 1990 squad, led by current head coach Lars Tiffany and an array of All-Americans – Darren Lowe, Jay McMahon, Andy Towers and Rich Tuohey - went on to earn an NCAA Tournament berth and defeat UMass, 12-9, in the NCAA first round, before falling to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, 20-12.

Bear Facts: Sophomore defenseman Phil Pierce ranks second nationally with 2.6 caused turnovers per game… Bears freshman attackman Nick Piroli was named the Ivy League co-Rookie of the Week for the second time this season for his outstanding play in Brown's 14-5 victory over Vermont. Piroli scored a career high four goals and added an assist in the win over the Catamounts.  He also had two goals vs. Duke and is Brown's leading goal scorer with 14 goals on the season…Junior defenseman Sam Ford leads the Brown squad with 29 ground balls…Brown's man-down defense ranks eighth nationally, allowing five goals in 26 opponent attempts… Senior co-captain Parker Brown is Brown's top scorer with 19 points (10 goals, 9 assists). He has registered 89 career points, with 50 career goals and 39 career assists…Sophomore face-off specialist Tommy Capone was named to the Ivy League honor roll after winning 11 of 18 face-offs vs. Vermont, while picking up eight ground balls…Sophomore Sam Hurster's 12 goals rank second on the Brown team… Senior co-captain Rob Schlesinger is on the Teewaarton Award watch list…Bears' sophomore goalie Will Round leads the Ivy League with 9.67 saves per game…Senior Dan O'Brien and junior Johnny DePeters have each scored seven goals for the Bears.

Next Game:  Coach Lars Tiffany's team hosts intrastate rival Bryant on Tuesday, April 3rd at Stevenson Field, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

2012 Brown Men's Lacrosse Schedule

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

3/3       Sat.      UMASS                                  7-12, L

3/7       Wed.    HARTFORD                          6-20, L

3/10     Sat.      at St. Joseph's (PA)               11-3, W

3/17     Sat.      at Harvard                               9-10, L ot

3/24     Sat.      at Vermont                              14-5, W

3/27     Tue.     at Duke                                   8-9, L

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

 
 
 Pictured:  Phil Pierce '14 ranks second nationally in caused turnovers.  photo by dspics.com