April 19, 2013

Brown Laxers Host #7 Cornell In Key Ivy Contest

Providence, R.I. - Brown looks to keep its Ivy Playoff hopes alive against seventh-ranked Cornell on Saturday, April 20 at Stevenson Field. Coming off a 7-6 win over Providence, the Bears will look for their fourth win over the Big Red in the last six meetings. Brown fans that can't make it to the game can watch live video stream on the internet and/or listen to the game on brownbears.com.

 

Congratulations Brown Seniors: Brown lacrosse will honor its eight seniors a ceremonies prior to Saturday's game against Cornell – Obafemi Alese, Clay Del Prince, Johnny DePeters, Roger Ferguson, Sam Ford, Alex Jones, Shane McHugh, and George Sherman.

 

Brown (6-5, 1-3 Ivy):  The Bears are coming off a hard-fought 7-6 win over Providence College Tuesday evening for their 19th consecutive win over the Friars.  Junior All-Ivy goalie Will Round made 15 saves against the Friars, including eight in the fourth quarter.

 

Bear Facts: Freshman Henry Blynn, a two-time Ivy Rookie of the Week, is Brown's top scorer with 32 points (24 goals, 8 assists), seventh best in the Ivy League. He has scored five goals twice this season, vs. North Carolina and High Point…Senior long stick middy Roger Ferguson leads the Bears with 43 ground balls…Brown close defenders, senior Sam Ford, senior Clay DelPrince and junior Phil Pierce, rank second nationally in scoring among close defensemen with seven points.  Ford has 3 goals and two assists, Pierce has scored a goal and DelPrince has an assist.  Virginia's close defense leads the country with 11 points… 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…Senior middy Alex Jones registered his first career hat-trick with three goals vs. Princeton…Senior middy Johnny DePeters scored a career high four goals and added three assists in Brown's win over High Point… Sophomore attackman Nick Piroli, Brown's top scorer a year ago, exploded for four goals against North Carolina.  He is Brown's third leading scorer with 21 points (14 goals, 7 assists)… Junior Sam Hurster ranks second on the Brown team with 19 goals.

 

Cornell (10-2, 4-0 Ivy):  The 7th-ranked Big Red suffered a 13-12 setback at Syracuse last week, their second one goal loss of the season. Cornell can clinch the Ivy League regular season crown and the right to host the Ivy Playoffs with a win over the Bears…Senior Rob Pannell's 315 career points is one point shy of the all-time Ivy League record held by Brown's Darren Lowe (316 points) from 1989-92.  Pannell ranks third in the nation in scoring with 63 points (27 goals, 36 assists).

 

The Brown-Cornell Series Record: Brown and Cornell have met 52 times, dating back to 1964, with the Big Red holding a 34-18 series advantage over the Bears.  Brown has won three of the previous five meetings with Cornell, including a 10-9 victory last season in Ithaca, NY. Cornell's last win over Brown came in 2011 when the Big Red earned an 18-5 win in Providence.

 

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 defensemen Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY) and 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 will look to capture the Ocean State Cup on Tuesday, April 23, traveling to Smithfield, R.I. to face Bryant in a 7 p.m. start. The Ocean Cup is presented annually to the round-robin winner of games among Rhode Island's three Division I lacrosse schools – Brown, Bryant and Providence.