Providence, RI – Brown's men's lacrosse team is making a final push to earn a berth in the Ivy League Playoffs, hosting Dartmouth on Saturday, April 28, at Stevenson Field, with a chance to take the fourth spot in the Ivy League standings. The Bears need to beat Dartmouth, but needs Yale to defeat Harvard to gain the final playoff berth. All the action starts at 3:00 p.m. If you can't make it to the game, watch and/or listen live on brownbears.com.
The Records: Brown (6-7, 2-3 Ivy) got itself back into Ivy playoff contention with a stunning 10-9 win over No. 3 Cornell last Saturday. Sophomore attackman Sam Hurster scored the game-winning goal with for seconds remaining to give Brown the victory. The Big Green (4-8, 1-4 Ivy), coached by former Brown All-American Andy Towers '91, has won two straight games, beating Penn, 7-6, and Vermont, 10-5.
The Ivy Playoff Picture: On the final weekend of the season, the fourth and final Ivy League playoff spot is still up for grabs. Princeton (5-0), Cornell (4-1) and Yale (3-2) have already secured Ivy playoff berths. Brown (2-3) needs a win over Dartmouth (1-4), coupled with a Harvard (2-3) loss to Yale to gain the fourth seed in the Ivy playoffs, which will be hosted by the highest seed, May 4 & 6.
Senior Day: Brown lacrosse will honor its five seniors in a ceremony prior to Saturday's game against Dartmouth: Michael Arsiotis, co-captain Parker Brown, Nicholas Laster, Dan O'Brien and co-captain Rob Schlesinger.
The Brown-Dartmouth Series Record: The Bears and Big Green have met 55 times, dating back to 1926, with Brown holding a 36-19 series advantage. Brown has won the last four games over the Big Green, including a thrilling 13-12 win last year on Parker Brown's '12 overtime goal. The Big Green last defeated the Bears in 2007, a 9-8 win in four overtimes.
Home Sweet Home? Brown has just one win (1-5) on its home venues of Meister-Kavan Field and Stevenson Field this year, but has compiled an outstanding 5-2 record on the road.
Parker Brown '12 Passes Century Mark: Brown senior attackman Parker Brown, who had two goals and three assists vs. Cornell, recently passed the century mark in career points. He now has 108 career points, with 59 goals and 49 assists.
Swan Song For Stevenson Field Grass: Saturday's game against Dartmouth will be the last event played on Stevenson Field's grass playing surface, with a synthetic turf being installed during the summer months.
Hurster and Piroli Named Ivy League Player, Rookie of the Week: Following its 10-9 win over third-ranked Cornell, Brown sophomore attackman Sam Hurster was named the Ivy League Player of the Week and freshman attackman Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) was selected the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season. Hurster had three goals and an assist and provided the heroics at the end of the contest, scoring the game-winning goal with four seconds remaining. He also had three goals in Brown's midweek win over Providence. Hurster, who was also named the New England Player of the Week, has registered a hat-trick in five consecutive games, and leads the Brown team with 27 goals for the season. Piroli also turned in a strong performance in the Bears' win over Cornell with two goals on three shots. He also added a goal against Providence to complete a three-goal week. Piroli is Brown's second leading goal scorer with 21 goals for the season.
Bear Facts: Senior Rob Schlesinger has 21 points on the season (11 goals, 10 assists), while senior Dan O'Brien has netted 10 goals and handed out 7 assists…Sophomore goalie Will Round, who made 14 saves against Cornell, ranks 21st nationally with a goals against average of 9.11…Brown ranks fourth nationally in man down defense, and seventh in the nation in caused turnovers…Sophomore defenseman Phil Pierce and junior defenseman Clay DelPrince are the Brown team leaders with 26 caused turnovers, 12th best in the nation…Junior defenseman Sam Ford is Brown's team leader with 57 ground balls, and may have set a Brown record for non-face-off men when he picked up 14 ground balls against Providence. A check of the Brown record book is currently underway…Sophomore midfielder Tommy Capone ranks second on the Brown team with 41 ground balls.
About The Big Green: Senior attackman Drew Tunney leads the Big Green with 36 points on 14 goals and 22 assists. His 22 hand-outs rank second in the Ivy League...Senior goalie Fergus Campbell has posted an 10.81 goals against average…Junior midfielder Chris Costabile leads the Big Green with 18 goals, including three against Vermont on Tuesday.
Watch/Listen Live On The Internet: Brown lacrosse fans can watch a live video and/or live 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 Mancuso call the game live on brownbears.com.
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 2-13, L
4/3 Tue. BRYANT 9-10, L
4/7 Sat. at Penn 11-10, W
4/13 Fri. YALE 10-11, L 4ot
4/17 Tue. PROVIDENCE 11-6, W
4/21 Sat. at Cornell 10-9, W
4/28 Sat. DARTMOUTH 3:00 p.m.
5/4 Fri. Ivy League Tournament TBA
5/6 Sun. Ivy League Tournament TBA