Providence, R.I. - Leading 7-6 at the half, #3 Brown exploded for nine third quarter goals, including five by junior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY), to earn a 19-8 win over Princeton in an Ivy League game at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
The Bears remain unbeaten, extending their record to 8-0 overall, 2-0 in the Ivy League, while Princeton falls to 2-6 overall, 0-3 in Ivy play.
"The resilience of our team was demonstrated by how we came out at halftime after Princeton dominated the second quarter in possession and goals," said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany. "I'm thrilled that we came out unnerved and focused on playing our fearless and fun style of lacrosse without feeling the pressure."
Molloy, who came into the game as the nation's leader in scoring, finished the game with 11 points on six goals and five assists, with just one goal before intermission.
Senior attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) broke through with three goals and an assist for the Bears, while senior middy Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY), senior middy Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) and junior close defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario) netted two goals each. Tulett also picked-up seven ground balls. Senior Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD), the nation's second leading goal scorer, had a goal and four assists for the Bears.
Bears' All-American senior goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) made 10 saves, including several point-blank saves in the third and early fourth quarters. Freshman goalie Acie Newton (Baltimore, MD) came in with 7:26 left in the game and made four saves, helping to keep Princeton off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
Senior Will Gural (Haverford, PA) excelled in the face-off x once again, winning 13-of-20 face-offs and picking up eight ground balls.
After being out-shot by a 20-15 margin in the opening half, Brown out-shot Princeton, 26-16, in the second half to claim a 41-36 advantage in shots. The Bears also claimed a 40-29 advantage in ground balls.
The Tigers were paced by Austin Sims with three goals, while Carter Flaig added two goals.
While the game started out to be a Brown blowout of the Tigers, the momentum quickly changed.
Brown opened a 5-0 lead to start the game on goals by Graham, two by Blynn, one by Caputo and another by Tulett in the opening 8:57. The Tigers out-scored the Bears, 6-2 to close the half to swing the momentum in their favor and pull to within 7-6 at the half. Sims and Flaig each had two goals in the Tigers' run.
Clinging to a 7-6 lead at the half, Molloy sparked a 4-0 run to open the third quarter, scoring three goals in the spurt to give the Bears an 11-6 advantage with 8:45 left in the quarter. Senior John Yozzo-Scaperrotta (Dobbs Ferry, NY) also scored for the Bears to open the half.
Princeton scored two quick goals, with Riley Thompson and Sims netting goals for the Tigers to draw to within 11-8 of the Bears at the 6:06 mark of the third quarter.
Molloy scored back-to-back goals to key a 5-0 run to end the quarter and lift the Bears to a 16-8 lead heading into the final quarter. Caputo, Tulett and Graham all scored for the Bears in the third quarter as the Bears out-scored the Tigers by a 9-2 margin.
The fourth quarter was all Brown with Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA), Blynn and Bellistri all scoring for the Bears.
The Bears take on Bryant on short rest, hosting the Bulldogs on Tuesday, April 5 at Stevenson-Pincince Field in an Ocean State Cup game. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm, and can be viewed on the Ivy League Digital Network.