PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy tallied eight points, senior attackman Henry Blynn scored four goals, and No. 5 seed Brown University men's lacrosse beat Johns Hopkins University, 17-8, in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship on Saturday evening at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
Hosting their first NCAA tournament home game since 1995 in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 3,200 fans, the Bears (15-2) used a 7-0 run in the third quarter to surge past the visiting Blue Jays (8-7) and add to their school record for wins in a season.
Making its second straight and 14th overall NCAA appearance, Brown advances to play in the NCAA quarterfinals at Brown Stadium on Saturday, May 21 at either noon or 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU). The Bears will play the winner of No. 4 seed Yale and Navy. The Bulldogs and Midshipmen square off in the first round on Sunday, May 15 at 5:15 p.m. (ESPNU).
"It's an understatement that I'm proud of these men," said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany. "This team is committed to being great and sacrifice for the good of the team."
Molloy (Setauket, N.Y.) posted his eight points on four goals and four assists. He became Brown's all-time leading goal scorer, now with 151 career goals. Andy Towers '93 held the previous record with 150 career goals. Molloy now has 114 points on the season – tied for the fourth most in a single season in NCAA history.
Senior Bailey Tills (Denver, Colo.) notched three points on a goal and two assists, senior Brendan Caputo (Westbury, N.Y.) registered a goal and an assist, and senior Matt Graham (Amityville, N.Y.) dished out two assists.
Senior All-American goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, N.Y.), Brown's career leader for saves made 11 saves to extend his career total to 647 stops. Junior Peter Scott (Mercer Island, Wash.) turned aside two shots, including a point-blank save with 5:13 left in the third quarter.
Bellistri moved into eighth place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 164 career points, and Blynn (Villanova, Pa.) moved into 15th place with 147 career points.
For Johns Hopkins, goalie Brock Turnbaugh made 12 saves. Holden Cattoni and Cody Radziewicz each scored two goals, and Shack Stanwick had two assists.
Blynn opened the game's scoring from the right side off a feed from Graham with 4:23 to go in the first quarter. Sophomore Jake Miller (Hartland, Wis.) netted the frame's other goal just 10 seconds later, taking a pass from Molloy in front of the cage right after a face-off win for the Bears. Gural won all three of the first quarter's face-offs.
Brown pushed its lead to 3-0 just over a minute into the second quarter as Molloy powered through a double team. After a goal from JHU's Cattoni, Tills wrapped around the game to score a goal, and Caputo converted on a bounce shot from straight on to push the Bears ahead 5-1 with 6:42 to play in the half.
The Blue Jays' Radziewicz made it 5-2 with 3:13 on the clock before Blynn scored his second goal on Molloy's second assist to give Brown a 6-2 halftime lead. Brown won 8-of-10 face-offs in the opening 30 minutes behind a 7-of-9 effort from Gural. Kelly and Turnbaugh made five and seven saves respectively in the half.
The Bears took over the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Blue Jays, 8-1, including a 7-0 streak to close the stanza. Gural scored seven seconds into the second half after winning a face-off before a goal from Radziewicz made it 7-3.
Gural started the run of seven unanswered goals, scoring six seconds after winning another face-off. Bellistri netted back-to-back goals off assists from Tills and Graham to extend Brown's edge to 10-3 with 6:21 left in the third. After Scott's point-blank stop, Molloy scored off a Caputo feed, and Blynn netted back-to-back goals – one off a rebound and the second off a Molloy helper.
Bellistri closed the quarter's scoring off a nifty feed from Molloy, and Brown carried a 14-3 lead into the final frame. Through three quarters, Brown won 15-of-20 face-offs with Gural taking 12-of-16.
Hopkins scored consecutive goals from Cattoni and Patrick Foley to open the fourth before Molloy stemmed the run off an assist from Tills. Junior LSM Larken Kemp (Greenwich, Conn.), who also picked up four ground balls, scored in transition to push Brown's lead to 16-5 with 8:22 to play. Molloy's fourth goal of the game made it 17-6 with 3:54 remaining. Wilkins Dismuke, Kelton Black, and Patrick Fraser scored JHU's final three goals.
Brown improved to 1-1 against Johns Hopkins in the NCAA tournament after the Blue Jays beat the Bears, 12-11, in overtime in the first round of the tournament in 2009.