Bears Host #13 UMass In Home Lacrosse Opener On Saturday
Providence, R.I. – The Brown and #13 UMass men's lacrosse teams will be facing-off for the 47th time on Saturday, March 1 at Stevenson Field, with face-off scheduled for 1pm. Brown, with 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, and UMass with 19 NCAA post-season berths, are the dominant lacrosse programs in New England history. The game can be viewed live on the Ivy League Digital Network at BrownBears.TV.
Brown-UMass – Series Record: Brown and UMass have met 46 times, dating back to 1963, with Brown holding a 24-22 series advantage. Brown earned a thrilling 9-8 win over the Minutemen last year in Amherst, Mass, on Dan Mellynchuk's (West Sayville, NY) overtime goal. UMass had won the previous three games, including a 12-7 decision in 2012 at Brown.
The Bears: Brown (1-0) opened its season last Saturday at Quinnipiac and came away with a 13-6 win over the Bobcats in Hamden, CT. Freshman Dylan Molloy paced the Bears with four goals, while sophomore Jack Kelly made 18 saves in goal for the Bears.
The Minutemen: UMass (3-0) has posted wins over Army (6-5), #14 Ohio State (12-11) and Harvard (8-4). Nick Mariano's nine goals leads the Minutemen.
Attack Reshuffle: With injuries to last year's top scorer Henry Blynn '16 and its fourth leading scorer, Nick Piroli '15, head coach Lars Tiffany has reshuffled his lineup at attack. Senior captain Sam Hurster had a goal and three assists last week vs. Quinnipiac after scoring 22 goals last season. Sophomore Kylor Bellistri (6 goals in 2013) had two goals and two assists in the season opener, while freshman Dylan Molloy stepped up with four goals. Sophomore Bailey Tills also contributed with two goals and an assist.
From The Midfield: Sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and junior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) stepped up in the midfield against Quinnipiac with Jacob netting three goals, and Caputo scoring a goal, while handing out three assists.
Molloy Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after finding the net four times in his collegiate debut as the Bears defeated Quinnipiac, 13-6, in their season opener. Molloy netted Brown's first goal of the season, and then scored three of his four goals in the second half as the Bears took control of the game.
Kelly Posts 18 Saves vs. Quinnipiac: Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) registered 18 saves in Brown's season opening win over Quinnipiac. He started nine games for the Bears a year ago and is an athletic keeper, who posted a 9.30 goals against average and a 7-4 record.
Defensive Unit: Senior captain Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) is a two-year starter at close defense, who will anchor a young defensive unit that will feature junior Will Swindell (Greenwich, CT), an outstanding man down defender, who had an outstanding fall, freshman long stick middy Larkin Kemp (Greenwich, CT) and freshman close defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). A two-year starter, Pierce ranked 11th in the nation in caused turnovers as a sophomore and picked up 25 ground balls a year ago.
Did you Know?: Brown is competing in its 64th season of intercollegiate lacrosse…Brown's February 22nd game vs. Quinnipiac was the second earliest start date ever for Brown lacrosse. The Bears opened the 2009 season at Lehigh on February 21st…Brown has played on March 1st just three times before, posting a 1-2 record. The Bears defeated Vermont, 7-6, in overtime on March 1, 2003.
Watch Live: Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on BrownBears.TV. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages.
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. Tiffany occupies the Rothman Head Coaching Chair for Men's Lacrosse, an endowed position.
2014 Brown Lacrosse Schedule
2/22 Sat. at Quinnipiac 13-6, W
3/1 Sat. UMASS 1 pm
3/5 Tue. HARTFORD 4 pm
3/8 Sat. vs Hobart @ Hofstra 4 pm
3/15 Sat. at Harvard 7 pm
3/19 Wed. at Bucknell 3:30 pm
3/22 Sat. PROVIDENCE 7 pm
3/25 Tue. at Marist 7 pm
3/29 Sat. PRINCETON 3 pm
4/5 Sat. at Penn 1 pm
4/11 Fri. YALE 7 pm
4/19 Sat. at Cornell 12 noon
4/22 Tue. BRYANT 7 pm
4/26 Sat. DARTMOUTH 2 pm
5/2- Fri.- Ivy League Tournament (TBA - Highest Seed)
5/4 Sun. Ivy League Tournament (TBA - Highest Seed)