Brown Hosts Princeton In Pivotal Ivy League Match-Up
Providence, R.I. – Following back-to-back non-league wins, Brown returns to Ivy League action on Saturday, March 29 to battle Princeton at Stevenson Field. All the action starts at 3pm with the game being aired live on BrownBears.TV as part of the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Bears: Brown is coming off wins over Providence (12-11 2ot) and Marist (13-11) to extend its record to 5-3 overall, 0-1 in the Ivy League. Senior Sam Hurster netted a career high six goals in Tuesday's win over the Red Foxes.
The Tigers: Princeton (4-3, 1-1 Ivy), ranked 16th nationally, is coming off a 16-15 loss at Yale, despite a 10-goal performance by sophomore Jake Froccaro. The Tigers have earned wins over Hofstra (12-10), Manhattan (14-8), Penn (15-12) and Villanova (14-6), with losses to Johns Hopkins (15-9) and North Carolina (13-11).
The Brown-Princeton Series Record: Brown and Princeton have met 52 times, dating back to 1964, with the Tigers holding a 31-21 advantage. The Tigers have won the last six meetings, including a 15-8 decision last year in Princeton. Brown's last win over the Tigers came in 2008 when the Bears posted an 11-9 victory.
Hurster – Six Shots, Six Goals: Senior captain Sam Hurster exploded for a career high six goals for the second time this season, scoring six goals vs. Marist, while taking just six shots. Hurster, who netted 22 goals a year ago, leads the Bears and ranks eighth in the Ivy League, with 17 goals, while adding five assists.
Tills Scores Against Bucknell: Sophomore attackman Bailey Tills (Devner, CO) scored a career high four goals against Bucknell. Tills is Brown's third leading goal scorer with nine goals, while also registering six assists.
Bear Facts: Junior Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX), sophomore Will Gural (Haverford, PA), freshman Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT), and freshman JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) each scored their first career goals in Brown's win over Hobart…Senior Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) leads the Bears with 33 ground balls…Brown ranks third in the Ivy League in face-off percentage, winning 100-of-201 face-offs (.498)… Junior Jordan Schochet (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… Sophomore attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) has netted 10 goals and handed out nine assists for 19 points, third best on the Brown team.
From The Midfield: Sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and junior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) have been carrying the scoring load from the midfield. Caputo is Brown's fifth top scorer with 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists). Jacob scored three goals in Brown's win over Marist, and has registered nine points (8 goals, 1 assist).
Molloy - Two-Time Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) scored three goals, including the the game-winning goal in the second overtime period, in Brown's 11-10 win over Providence. His 15 goals rank second on the Brown team. He 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.
Kelly Leads Ivy League In Save Percentage: Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) is off to a solid start to the 2014 season with impressive performances against Quinnipiac (18 saves), Hartford (16 saves), Hobart (10 saves) and Marist (16 saves). He leads the Ivy League with a save percentage of .539, and has posted a 11.20 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.
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.
This Date In Brown Lacrosse History – March 29, 1997: Brown earned it's first and only win over Syracuse, coming away with a 20-12 win over the Orangemen at the Carrier Dome.
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.
Watch Live: Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on BrownBears.TV as part of the Ivy League Digital Network. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages.
Next Game: The Bears travel to Philadelphia for an Ivy League battle against Penn on Saturday, April 5. Face-off is 1pm at Franklin Field.
2014 Brown Lacrosse Schedule
2/22 Sat. at Quinnipiac 13-6, W
3/1 Sat. UMASS 2-15, L
3/5 Tue. HARTFORD 12-7, W
3/8 Sat. vs Hobart @ Hofstra 13-10, W
3/15 Sat. at Harvard 10-16, L
3/19 Wed. at Bucknell 8-13, L
3/22 Sat. PROVIDENCE 12-11, W 2ot
3/25 Tue. at Marist 13-11, W
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)