Providence, R.I. – The Ivy League Playoff picture has tightened up with Brown one of a four-team logjam with two losses in the league. The Bears (1-2 Ivy) and Yale (2-2 Ivy) are two of those teams meeting in a crucial Ivy League contest on Friday evening, April 11 at Stevenson Field, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 pm.
The Bears: Brown (6-4, 1-2 Ivy) is coming off a 10-8 loss at Penn last week, snapping a three-game winning streak. Sophomore Kylor Bellistri netted three goals, while senior Tommy Capone captured 13-of-20 face-offs to lead the Bears.
The Bulldogs: Defending Ivy Champion Yale (6-3, 2-2 Ivy) rallied for a 16-10 win over Dartmouth last week after falling behind 3-0 early in the opening quarter. The Elis won 22-of-29 face-offs, including all 11 in the fourth quarter.
The Brown-Yale Series Record: Brown and Yale have met 57 times, dating back to 1927, with the Bears holding a 35-22 series advantage. Yale has won the last four meetings, including an 11-8 decision last year in New Haven. Brown's last win over the Bulldogs came in 2009 when the Bears came away with a 13-9 victory.
Hurster – Bears Top Scorer: Senior captain Sam Hurster leads the Brown team and ranks eighth in the Ivy League with 21 goals, while also adding five assists. He netted two goals in a win over Princeton and last week vs. Penn. Hurster exploded for a career high six goals for the second time this season, scoring six goals vs. Marist, while taking just six shots. He netted 22 goals for the Bears a year ago.
Molloy - Three-Time Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season after registering five points in games vs. Marist and Princeton. He had a goal and an assist in a 13-11 win at Marist and followed that up with two goals and an assist in Brown's win over Princeton. Molloy scored three goals, including the game-winning goal in the second overtime period, in Brown's 11-10 win over Providence. Molloy was also named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week 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 25 points (17 goals, 8 assists) are second on the Brown squad.
Kelly – Ivy League Player of the Week: Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) was named the Ivy League Player of the Week following back-to-back 16 save performances against Marist and Princeton, including 12 second half saves against the Tigers. Kelly is off to a solid start to the 2014 season with impressive performances against Quinnipiac (18 saves), Hartford (16 saves), Hobart (10 saves), Marist (16 saves) and Princeton (16 saves). Kelly leads the Ivy League and ranks eighth in the nation with 12.00 saves per game. He ranks second in the Ivy League with a save percentage of .549. 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.
Capone Facing-Off: Senior Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) leads the Bears with 45 ground balls. He captured 12 of his first 16 face-offs against Princeton, and 13-of-20 face-offs vs. Penn. He picked up a career high nine ground balls against Bucknell and had seven ground balls vs. Princeton.
Tills Scores Against Bucknell: Sophomore attackman Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) scored a career high four goals against Bucknell. Tills has scored nine goals and handed out seven assists on the season.
Back-To-Back Hat-Tricks For Bellistri: Bears' sophomore attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) registered back-to-back three goal games against Princeton and Penn. He is tied for the Brown team lead with 26 points, scoring 16 goals and handing out 10 assists.
Landis Gets an Assist: Junior middy Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX) is Brown's team leader with 13 assists, eighth best in the Ivy League. He has also scored six goals for the Bears.
Chaminade Reunion: Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York, will be well represented at Stevenson Field on Friday, with sophomore Matt Graham, senior Stephen Chmil and sophomore Brendan Caputo competing for the Bears, and junior Shane Thornton, freshman Brian Pratt and sophomore Michael Quinn playing for the Bulldogs.
Bear Facts: Brown ranks third in the Ivy League in face-off percentage, winning 128-of-246 face-offs (.520)…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. Schochet came off the bench to win 3-of-5 face-offs against Hartford… 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.
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, who had two goals and two assists vs. Princeton, is Brown's fourth top scorer with 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists). Jacob scored three goals in Brown's win over Marist, and has registered nine points (8 goals, 1 assist).
Defensive Unit: Senior captain Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) is a two-year starter at close defense, who anchors a young defensive unit that features 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. Kemp ranks second on the Brown team with 29 ground balls and leads Brown with 16 caused turnovers, 24th best in the nation.
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 – April 11, 1970: Bob Scalise '71 scored six goals and Bob Anthony '70 added five goals to lead the Bears to a 15-2 home win over New Hampshire. Coach Cliff Stevenson's team went on to post an 11-3 record and finish second in the Ivy standings with a 5-1 league mark.
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.
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Next Game: The Bears head to Ithaca, New York to battle #6 Cornell on Saturday, April 19. Face-off is 12 noon at Schoellkopf Field.