March 26, 2013

#19 Brown Laxers Take On #7 North Carolina on ESPNU

Providence, R.I. – Riding a five-game winning streak, the 19th-ranked Brown men's lacrosse team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on seventh-ranked North Carolina on Wednesday, March 27 at Fetzer Field. The match-up between the Bears and Tar Heels will be televised live on ESPNU, starting at 6 pm, with Joe Beninati calling the play and Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra providing the analysis.

 

The Bears:  Brown (5-1, 1-0 Ivy) moved into the Top 20 for the first time this season after a 21-8 win over High Point Sunday afternoon.  Freshman Henry Blynn scored five goals, and senior Johnny DePeters had four goals and three assists to lead the Bears. The 21 goals are the most scored by a Brown team since a 21-9 victory over Providence in 1999.

 

The Tar Heels:  Seventh-ranked North Carolina improved to 5-3 overall after upsetting top-ranked Maryland, 10-8, Saturday afternoon to send the Terps to their first loss of the season.

 

The Brown-North Carolina Series Record: Brown and North Carolina will be meeting for the first time since 1992 when the Tar Heels defeated the Bears, 16-10, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This will be the first regular season meeting between Brown and North Carolina.  The two teams also met in the 1985 NCAA Tournament, with North Carolina coming out on top of a 16-14 decision.

 

Hurster Picks Up Where He left Off:  Junior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) leads the Bears and ranks seventh in the Ivy League with 14 goals. 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.

 

Breschi and Brown Lacrosse: North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi was an assistant coach on the Brown staff from 1993-1997. Brown earned its only NCAA Final Four appearance in 1994 with Breschi as an assistant under head coach Peter Lasagna.

 

Henry Blynn Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week…Again:  Freshman attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, Pa.) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time after scoring a career high five goals in Brown's 21-8 win over High Point. Blynn's 21 points (13 goals, 8 assists) leads the Brown team.

 

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.

 

Kelly 10th Nationally In Goals Against: Freshman Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) assumed the starting role in the Brown goal in the second game of the season, and has posted a 5-0 record in his first five collegiate starts. Kelly ranks second in the Ivy League and ranks 10th in the nation with a goals against average of 7.76.  Kelly was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after making five of his season high 15 saves in the fourth quarter vs. Harvard to help rally the Bears from a two-goal deficit and shut-out the Crimson in the final 15 minutes. Kelly made eight saves in the 9-8 overtime win over UMass, and seven saves in the win over Hartford.

 

Bear Facts: Senior Johnny DePeters (Woodbury, CT) scored a career four goals and added three assists in Brown's 21-8 win over High Point…Sophomore Nick Piroli (Black River, NY), Brown's top scorer a year ago, has netted seven goals and handed out six assists…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.  Bellistri has five goals for the season… Freshman Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) registered his first collegiate goal at Hartford and has three goals for the season.

 

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. He leads the Bears with 10 caused turnovers.

 

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. Capone leads the Bears with 27 ground balls.

 

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, has scored two goals and distributed four assists. His 24 ground balls rank second 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 ranks third on the Brown team with 22 ground balls for the season. His 63 ground balls led Brown last year, including a career best 14 ground balls vs. Providence.

Next Game:  Brown returns to Ivy League action on Saturday, March 30, traveling to Princeton, NJ to face the 10th-ranked Princeton Tigers.  Face-off is scheduled for 1 pm.

 

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.