Brown Hosts #17 Penn In Key Ivy Match-Up

Providence, R.I. –Brown's men's lacrosse team returns home to Stevenson Field on Saturday, April 6, hosting the 17th-ranked Penn Quakers in a pivotal Ivy League match-up, starting at 3 pm. The Bears dropped back-to-back games against Top 10 teams last week and will be looking to get back on the winning track.

 

The Bears:  Brown (5-3, 1-1 Ivy) dropped out of the Top 20 after losses to #7 North Carolina, 18-12, and #8 Princeton, 15-8. Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) had five goals against the Tar Heels to lead the Bears, while senior Alex Jones (Annapolis, MD) scored three goals against the Tigers.

 

The Quakers:  #17 Penn (5-3, 1-2 Ivy) is coming off a 7-6 loss to Yale last Saturday.  The Quakers own wins over Princeton (11-10), Duke (14-9), St. Joseph's (6-5), Lehigh (6-4) and Villanova (13-9), while losing to #2 Cornell (10-5) and Denver (15-12).

 

High Scoring Bears: The 21 goals scored by the Bears against High Point are the most scored by a Brown team since a 21-9 victory over Providence in 1999. Brown's 12.38 goals per game rank third in the Ivy League.

 

Hurster Picks Up Where He left Off:  Junior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) ranks second on the Brown team with 16 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.

 

Henry Blynn- Two-Time Ivy Rookie of the Week:  Freshman attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, Pa.) is a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week.  He has scored five goals twice, against High Point and North Carolina. His 27 points (19 goals, 8 assists) lead the Brown team, and he ranks seventh in the Ivy League with 2.38 goals per game.

 

Clay Del Prince Named Finalist For 2013 Senior CLASS Award Brown senior defenseman Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY) is one of 10 NCAA Division I lacrosse student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, to be selected as finalists 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. A close defenseman, he leads the Bears with 12 caused turnovers. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through May 13. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

 

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 Earns Starting Role In Net: Freshman Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) assumed the starting role in goal for the Bears in Brown's second game of the season, and has posted a 5-2 record in his first seven collegiate starts. 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: Sophomore Corbin Booker (Philadelphia, PA) won 5-of-6 face-offs vs. Princeton...Sophomore attackman Nick Piroli (Black River, NY), Brown's top scorer a year ago, exploded for four goals against North Carolina.  He is Brown's third leading scorer with 17 points (11 goals, 6 assists)… Senior middy Alex Jones (Annapolis, MD) registered his first career hat-trick with three goals vs. Princeton…Senior middy Johnny DePeters (Woodbury, CT) scored a career four goals and added three assists in Brown's 21-8 win over High Point… 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 four 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.

 

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 five assists. His 32 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 North Carolina and Quinnipiac, and ranks second on the Brown team with 32 ground balls for the season. Ford has also registered five points for the Bears (3 goals, 2 assists). His 63 ground balls led Brown last year, including a career best 14 ground balls vs. Providence.

 

Next Game:  Coach Lars Tiffany's team travels to New Haven, Conn., for an Ivy match-up against Yale on Friday, April 12, starting at 7pm.

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. 

 

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                                         11-9, W

24        Sun.     at High Point                                       21-8, W

27        Wed.    at North Carolina (ESPNU)                12-18, L                     

30        Sat.      at Princeton                                         8-15, L

 

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                Philadelphia, PA-Lincoln Financial Field

 

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

 
 
 
 
 Pictured:  Corbin Booker '15.  photo by dspics.com