Brown Laxers Take On Providence In Ocean State Cup Matchup

Providence, R.I. - Brown's men's lacrosse team will travel across the City of Providence to take on Providence College on Tuesday, April 16th, at Lennon Family Field in the 18th meeting between the two Renaissance City teams. The Bears and Friars will be competing for the Ocean State Cup, along with Bryant, with the overall winner of the series among Rhode Island's Division I lacrosse teams being awarded the trophy.

 

The Records: Brown (5-5, 1-3 Ivy) will look to rebound against the Friars after dropping four straight games, all to teams ranked in the Top 15 nationally. In a season of streaks, the Bears had won five straight games before their recent drought. Providence (8-5, 1-3 Big East) is coming off a 12-11 victory over Holy Cross.

 

The Brown-PC Series Record: Brown and Providence have met 18 times, dating back to 1989, with the Bears holding an 18-0 series advantage over the Friars.  Last year, Brown earned an 11-6 win over the Friars at Stevenson Field behind Sam Hurster's '14 three goals.

 

Bear Facts: Freshman Henry Blynn, who scored two goals in Brown's 11-8 loss to Yale last Fridat evening, leads the Bears in scoring with 30 points (22 goals, 8 assists)…Seniors Roger Ferguson and Sam Ford lead the Brown team with 39 ground balls each…Brown has out-scored its opponents by a 110-101 margin, while holding a 387-339 advantage in shots…Junior Sam Hurster, Brown's top scorer a year ago, ranks second on the Brown team in scoring with 23 points (18 goals, 5 assists)… 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…Junior All-Ivy goalie Will Round made eight saves in a starting role against Yale last week.

 

Ivy Honors:  While Brown has yet to have a player earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors, its freshmen have been honored four times by the league. Attackman Henry Blynn '16 is a two-time Ivy Rookie of the Week, while attackman Kylor Bellistri '16 and goalie Jack Kelly '16 have been honored once each as the Ivy League's top first year player.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Next Game:  Brown looks to keep its Ivy Playoff chances alive on Saturday, April 20, hosting #7 Cornell at Stevenson Field.  It's Senior Day for Brown's eight seniors – Sam Ford, Roger Ferguson, George Sherman, Johnny DePeters, Alex Jones, Shane McHugh, Obafemi Alese and Clay Del Prince. Brown's eight seniors will be honored in pre-game ceremonies, with face-off scheduled for 3 p.m.