March 14, 2014

Brown Opens Ivy Lax Season At Harvard On Saturday Evening

Providence, R.I. – Coming off non-league wins over Hartford and Hobart, Brown opens its Ivy League season on Saturday evening, March 15, traveling to Boston, MA to battle Harvard in the Ivy League opening game for both teams. Game time is 7 pm at Soldier's Field.

 

The Bears: Brown extended its record to 3-1 on the season with its second straight victory, 13-10, over Hobart last Saturday in a game played at Hofstra. The Bears have also earned wins over Quinnipiac and Hartford, with a loss to UMass.

 

The Crimson: Harvard (3-2) also earned its second straight win, defeating Georgetown, 15-7, last Saturday in Washington, DC. The Crimson has also beaten Holy Cross and Quinnipiac, with losses to UMass and Albany.

 

The Brown-Harvard Series Record: Brown and Harvard have met 63 times, dating back to 1925, with the Crimson holding a 32-31 series advantage. Last year, coach Lars Tiffany's squad out-scored Harvard, 4-0, in the fourth quarter to earn a 11-9 win over the Crimson in Providence, RI, behind Jack Kelly's 15 saves. Harvard came away with a 10-9 overtime decision in 2012 at Harvard Stadium.

 

Hurster on The Attack: Senior captain Sam Hurster, who netted 22 goals a year ago, is Brown's second leading scorer with 12 points (8 goals and 4 assists). He exploded for a career high six goals in Brown's win over Hartford.

 

Schocket Facing-Off:  With an injury to senior face-off man Tommy Capone, junior Jordan Schocket (Plano, TX) stepped up in a big way against Hobart by capturing 19-of-23 face-offs to give the Bears a 20-27 overall advantage in the face-off x.  He also scored his first career goal against the Statesmen.  Schocket came off the bench to win 3-of-5 face-offs against Hartford.

 

More First Time Goals: Junior Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX), sophomore Will Gural (Haverford, PA), freshman Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT), and freshman JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) also scored their first career goals in Brown's win over Hobart.

 

From The Midfield:  Sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and junior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) have been carrying the scoring load from the midfield, with Caputo registering three goals and five assists, and Jacob netting three goals.

 

Molloy Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week For Second Time: Freshman attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after scoring four goals in Brown's win over Hartford, and netting three goals and picking up seven ground balls in a victory over Hobart. His 11 goals lead the Brown team and rank fourth in the Ivy League (2.75 goals per game).

 

Kelly Leads Ivy League In Save Percentage: Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) is off to a great start to the 2014 season with impressive performances against Quinnipiac (18 saves), Hartford (16 saves) and Hobart (10 saves).  He leads the Ivy League with a save percentage of .600, and has posted a 9.12 goals against average. Kelly 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. 

 

Attack Reshuffle:  With injuries to last year's top scorer Henry Blynn '16 and fourth leading scorer, Nick Piroli '15, head coach Lars Tiffany has reshuffled his lineup at attack. Joining Sam Hurster and Dylan Molloy on attack are sophomore Kylor Bellistri, Brown's third leading scorer with 5 goals and six assists, and sophomore Bailey Tills, who has three goals and two assists.

 

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 Larken 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.

 

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.

 

Next Game:  The Bears travel to Lewisburg, PA, to face Bucknell on Wednesday, March 19in the first ever meeting between the two schools.  Face-off is 3:30 pm