Brown Laxers Launch Ivy Season At Home Against Harvard

Providence, R.I. – The march to the Ivy League and NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournaments begins Saturday evening, March 16, with Brown hosting Harvard at Stevenson Field, starting at 7:00 p.m. Brown (3-1) looks to ride the momentum of a three-game winning streak into Saturday's game against the Crimson (2-2), as both teams open up the six-game Ivy League schedule.

 

The Bears:  Brown (3-1) has won three straight games and is coming off a 17-9 win over St. Joseph's last Saturday afternoon. Junior Sam Hurster and senior Johnny DePeters scored three goals each to lead the Bears over the Hawks.

 

The Crimson:  Harvard (2-2) earned an 8-6 win over Georgetown a week ago.  The Crimson has also defeated Holy Cross, 16-12, while losing to UMass, 8-6, and Hofstra, 10-5.

 

Live Video and Audio of The Bears On The Internet: Brown lacrosse fans can watch live video and listen to all home games through the America One Network. All five home lacrosse 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. A 30-day pass for $30 allows the viewer to watch all Brown events during a 30-day period. The audio broadcast is available at no charge.

 

The Brown-Harvard Series Record: Brown and Harvard have met 62 times, dating back to 1925, with the Crimson holding a 32-30 series advantage. Harvard has won the last two games, including a 10-9 overtime decision last year at Harvard Stadium. Coach Lars Tiffany's squad had captured the previous three games over Harvard, including a 13-11 victory in 2010 in Cambridge.

 

Hurster Picks Up Where He left Off:  Junior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) leads the Bears and ranks fifth in the Ivy League with 14 points, scoring 11 goals and handing out three assists.  He netted five goals against Hartford, and scored three goals vs. St. Joseph's.  Last year, Hurster led the Bears and ranked third in the Ivy League with 31 goals, registering hat-tricks in Brown's final six regular season games.

 

The Grass Is Not Always Greener:  Stevenson Field received a makeover in the off-season with the installation of a new LigaSport playing surface, transforming the field from natural grass to synthetic turf.

 

Henry Blynn Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week:  Freshman attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, Pa.) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for registering six points in a pair of Brown wins last week.  He netted two goals vs. Hartford and had a goal and three assists vs. St. Joseph's.

This Date In Brown Lacrosse History- March 16, 1985:  Brown posted a 14-13 win over Hofstra in Hempstead, New York in its second game of the season.  The Bears went on to post a 12-3 overall record, capture the Ivy League title with a perfect 6-0 mark, and advance to the NCAA Tournament against North Carolina.

More Freshmen Contribute: Freshman attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week for his role in Brown's 9-8 overtime win over fifth-ranked UMass. With Brown trailing 8-5 with just over six minutes remaining, Bellistri scored three straight goals, including the game-tying goal with 3:22 remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime… Freshman Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) registered his first collegiate goal at Hartford.

 

Team Captains:  Brown's 2013 captains are senior defenseman Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY) and senior defenseman Sam Ford (Reisterstown, MD).

 

Head Coach Lars Tiffany: Lars Tiffany '90, a two-time Brown lacrosse captain, returned to his alma mater as head men's lacrosse coach in the summer of 2006, and has returned the program to national prominence with Ivy League titles in 2008 and 2010, and an NCAA Championship berth in 2009. Tiffany was named the New England Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009 while leading his team to the number one ranking in New England each year.

 

Clay Del Prince Named 2013 Senior CLASS Award Candidate:  Brown senior defenseman Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY) is one of 20 NCAA Division I lacrosse student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, to be selected as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men's lacrosse. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

 

Facing-Off:  After a rough opening to the season, senior face-off specialist Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) dominated Hartford, winning 15 of 21 face-offs.  Capone also picked up a career high nine ground balls for the Bears.  He captured 9 of 17 face-offs vs. St. Joseph's.

 

Kelly Sixth Nationally In Goals Against: Freshman Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) has assumed the starting role in the Brown goal, and earned wins over UMass, Hartford and St. Joseph's in his first collegiate starts. Kelly leads the Ivy League and ranks sixth in the nation with a goals against average of 6.74.  Kelly made eight saves in the 9-8 overtime win over UMass, and seven saves in the win over Hartford.

 

Ferguson Drafted In 4th Round of MLL Collegiate Draft:  The Denver Outlaws selected Brown senior All-Ivy defenseman Roger Ferguson (Washington, DC) in the fourth round of the MLL Collegiate Draft. Ferguson was the 31st overall pick in the draft. Ferguson, an All-New England selection, is a long stick middy, had two assists and four ground balls in Brown's season opener vs. Quinnipiac. His 16 ground balls rank third on the Brown team.

 

Ford Plays Like A Ferrari: Brown senior defenseman Sam Ford (Reisterstown, MD), a second team All-Ivy selection a year ago, picked up seven ground balls against Quinnipiac, and leads the Bears with 19 ground balls for the season. His 63 ground balls led Brown last year, including a career best 14 ground balls vs. Providence.

 

Brown-North Carolina on ESPNU:  Brown's March 27 game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill will be televised live on ESPNU, starting at 6:00 p.m.

 

2013 Brown Men's Lacrosse Schedule

February

23        Sat.      QUINNIPIAC                                    7-9, L

 

March

2          Sat.      at UMass                                            9-8 ot, W

6          Wed.    at Hartford                                          14-4, W

9          Sat.      ST. JOSEPH'S                                 17-9, W

16        Sat.      HARVARD                                         7:00 pm

24        Sun.     at High Point                                       1:00 pm

27        Wed.    at North Carolina (ESPNU)                6:00 pm                      

30        Sat.      at Princeton                                         1:00 pm

 

April

 6         Sat.      PENN                                                 1:00 pm

12        Fri.      at Yale                                                 7:00 pm

16        Tue.     at Providence                                      7:00 pm

20        Sat.      CORNELL                                         3:00 pm

23        Tue.     at Bryant                                             7:00 pm

27        Sat.      at Dartmouth                                      6:00 pm

 

May

3          Fri.      Ivy League Tournament – Semis        Highest Overall Seed

5          Sun.     Ivy League Tournament - Finals         Highest Overall Seed  

11        Sat.      NCAA First Round Playoffs             Higher Seed

12        Sun.     NCAA First Round Playoffs             Higher Seed

18        Sat.      NCAA Quarterfinals                          Hofstra / Harvard

19        Sun.     NCAA Quarterfinals                          Hofstra / Harvard

25 / 27 Sat./Mon    NCAA FINAL FOUR                Baltimore, MD - M&T Bank Stadium

 

Head Coach:  Lars Tiffany '90

Assistant Coaches: Kip Turner (Virginia '07), Steven Boyle (Johns Hopkins '10), Tim Harder (Syracuse '11)

Captains:  Clay Del Prince '13 and Sam Ford '13