Providence, R.I. – Junior Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) exploded for a career high six goals to lead 13th-ranked Brown to a 15-11 win over Providence College in an Ocean State battle at Ray Treacy Field on the PC campus.
Brown improves to 9-3 overall, heading into Saturday's showdown with #10 Cornell at Stevenson Field. Providence falls to 4-8 overall.
Blynn's six goals came on 13 shots, while he also added three assists to finish with a career high nine points. Brown sophomore attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) added three goals and one assist, while junior middy Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) chipped in with two goals.
"Henry Blynn was terrific tonight," said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany. "What really impressed me, though, were his three assists. He played a great overall game."
Bears' sophomore attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY), the nation's leading scorer, was held mostly in check by a swarming Providence defense. He scored a goal and handed out two assists, and moved into a tie for third place on Brown's single-season scoring list with 50 goals, equaling the mark of 50 goals by Rich Tuohey '90 in 1990 and David Evans '95 in 1995.
"We were fortunate that our face-off men – Will Gural and Ted Ottens - were able to ignite our transition offense, allowing us to score goals from the face-off x," added Tiffany.
The Friars were kept in the game behind the spectacular play of goalie Peter Badgley, who registered 21 saves, including 14 in the opening 30 minutes. Junior attackman Will Mazzone had a big night for the Friars, scoring five goals.
"We had to overcome a really hot goalie tonight," said Lars Tiffany. "Give Peter Badgley a lot of credit. He was incredible tonight"
Providence was effective in dictating the pace of play in the opening quarter, slowing down Brown's high-powered offense that was averaging 15 goals per game.
Blynn's two first quarter goals were sandwiched around goals by Mazzone and Buck McClure for the Friars, as the two teams played to a 2-2 first quarter draw.
The Bears opened up the offense in the second quarter and grabbed a 6-4 lead at the half on goals by junior Matt Graham (Amityville, NY), Bellistri, Molloy and Blynn.
Robert Caffrey scored an extra man goal for the Friars early in the second half to pull to within a goal, 6-5. Brown goals by Bellistri and Blynn immediately put the Bears up by three goals, 8-5.
Providence got a goal by Michael Perettine at the 9:11 mark of the third quarter, but Brown quickly answered once again on goals by Blynn and junior Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) with 3:43 left in the quarter for a 10-6 Brown advantage. A late goal by Mazzone cut Brown's lead to 10-7 after three quarters.
The Friars twice drew to within two goals of the Bears in the fourth quarter, the last time cutting Brown's lead to 12-10 on Mazzone's goal with 5:52 remaining.
Brown came back with goals by Bellistri and Caputo to take control of the game, 14-10, with 2:55 left to play.
Brown returns to Stevenson Field for its final home game of the season, hosting #10 Cornell in a pivotal Ivy League game on Saturday, April 18. It's Senior Day and all the action starts at 1pm.