Providence, RI - For the second straight year, Brown and Bryant battled down to the final whistle in a one-goal game. Unfortunately, Brown was unable to overcome a three goal third quarter deficit and fell to the Bulldogs, 10-9, Tuesday evening at Stevenson Field.
The win gave Bryant its seventh straight win and an 8-2 overall record, while Brown fell to 3-6 with its third one-goal loss of the season.
Trailing 9-6 with 7:46 left in the third quarter, Brown mounted a late rally, getting goals from junior defenseman Sam Ford with 7:18 left in the quarter, and sophomore Sam Hurster with11:01 left in the fourth quarter, to cut Bryant's lead to 9-8.
Dan Sipperly gave Bryant a two-goal advantage, 10-8, with 3:46 remaining, but Brown senior Rob Schlesinger got the Bears back into the game with his first goal of the game, cutting Bryant's lead to 10-9.
Brown lost the ensuing face-off, but freshman Nick Weeden forced a Bryant turnover to give the Bears a final opportunity. Freshman Nick Piroli had a shot on goal that was saved by Bryant's Jameson Love with 22 seconds remaining. A Bryant penalty gave Brown the ball back and an extra man advantage for the game's final moments. Schlesinger had one last opportunity with two seconds remaining, but his shot sailed wide.
The difference in the game came in the face-off x, where Bryant's Kevin Massa captured 17 of 22 face-offs, including 16 consecutive face-offs in the middle of the game. Brown sophomore Tommy Capone turned in a heroic performance for the Bears, capturing 5 of 9 face-offs, despite being limited due to injury.
Sipperly and Brian Schlansker each scored two goals to lead Bryant.
Bears' sophomore Will Round made 16 saves in goal, while Love had 14 saves for the Bulldogs.
Brown travels to Philadelphia, PA to face the Penn Quakers in an Ivy League game on Saturday, April 7. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at Franklin Field.