Ivy League Lacrosse Tournament Semifinals: Brown Faces #9 Cornell Friday Evening

Ivy League Lacrosse Tournament Semifinals: Brown Faces #9 Cornell Friday Evening

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. – Third-seeded Brown will be making its fourth straight Ivy League Tournament appearance and will face second seeded and ninth-ranked Cornell on Friday, May 4 at Columbia's Wien Stadium in the second semifinal matchup at 8:30 pm on ESPNU. The winner advances to Sunday's Ivy Championship game.

 

The Bears: In a must win game, Brown (6-8, 3-3 Ivy) earned its fourth straight Ivy League Tournament berth as the third seed with a 20-6 win over Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field. Bears' face-off man Ted Ottens captured 12-of-16 face-offs and scored his first goal of the season against the Big Green.

 

The Big Red: Cornell (10-4, 4-2 Ivy) is coming off a 14-8 loss to Princeton on Saturday, but maintained the second seed in the Ivy Tournament.  The Big Red have wins over Hobart (15-8), Binghamton (18-2), Penn State (9-7), Penn (20-13), Air Force (23-5), Dartmouth (22-11), Harvard (15-11) Syracuse (13-8), Lehigh (12-10), and Brown (19-5), with other losses to Colgate (14-11), Albany (11-9) and Yale (13-11).

 

The Brown-Cornell Series Record: Brown and Cornell have met 58 times, dating back to 1964, with the Big Red holding a 37-21 series advantage over the Bears.  The Big Red defeated the Bears, 19-5, earlier this season in Ithaca, NY. Brown had won the previous three games over Cornell, including a 13-10 decision last year in Providence behind 14 saves by Phil Goss '20.

 

Brown In The Ivy League Tournament:  Brown is making its fourth straight appearance, and sixth appearance overall, in the Ivy League Tournament that began in 2010.  The Bears, who had hosted the 2015 and 2016 Ivy League Tournaments, have previously made appearances in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The winner of the Ivy Tournament receives the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. 

 

The Ivy League Tournament – Wien Stadium, New York, NY

Semifinals - Friday, May 4, 2017,

6:02 pm No. 1 Yale vs. No. 4 Penn (ESPNU)

8:32 pm No. 2 Cornell vs. No. 3 BROWN (ESPNU) 

 

Finals - Sunday, May 6, 2017, Wien Stadium, New York, NY

12:00 pm           Championship Game: ESPNU

 

Brown's 2018 All-Ivy Selections:  Five members of the Brown men's lacrosse team have been honored with All-Ivy honors in a vote of the Ivy League head men's lacrosse coaches.  Bears' sophomore goalie Phil Goss (San Francisco, CA) was named First Team All-Ivy, senior defenseman JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) and senior face-off specialist Ted Ottens (Wilton, CT) earned Second Team All-Ivy accolades, and junior attackman Jackson Newsome (Arlington, VA) and junior middy Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) captured Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors.

 

McCaleb on Attack: Sophomore attackman Luke McCaleb (Chevy Chase, MD), Brown's leading scorer with 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists), has registered at least one point in every game of his career, covering 30 games with 94 points. McCaleb scored two goals and had an assist in Brown's win over Dartmouth on Saturday. He netted two goals and handed out an assist vs. Providence and had a goal and an assist vs. #6 Yale. McCaleb scored a goal and had two assists vs. both Penn and Princeton, and had three goals and an assist against UMass.  He paced the Bears in their win over Holy Cross with four goals and three assists. McCaleb had a goal and three assists in Brown's Ivy opener vs. Harvard, and scored three goals and handed out two assists in Brown's win over #4 Villanova. He had four goals and an assist in Brown's win over Stony Brook and added two goals and an assist vs. #15 Rutgers. McCaleb's 49 points last year were second on the Brown team and second all-time for a freshman at Brown, trailing only David Evans, who scored 53 points as a first-year player in 1993.

 

Grell Earns Ivy League Rookie of the Week Honors:  Freshman middy George Grell (Short Hills, NJ) posted his first career hat-trick, netting three goals in Brown's win over Penn. He had a goal and three assists vs. Dartmouth on Saturday and scored a goal and had two assists vs. Bryant. Grell scored a goal and had two assists vs. Providence and added a goal and an assist vs. #6 Yale. He was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week after having a major impact in Brown's key 14-13 Ivy League win over Princeton, registering four points by scoring two goals and adding two assists. Grell has 11 goals and 10 assists on the season.

 

Ottens Facing-Off:  Brown has one of the elite face-off men in the nation with the return of Second Team All-Ivy Ted Ottens '18 (Wilton, CT). Ottens had a big game vs. Dartmouth, winning 12-of-16 face-offs and scoring his first goal of the season. He won 16-of-25 face-offs and picked up nine ground balls vs. #6 Cornell. Ottens, who had nine ground balls vs. Yale, is Brown's team leader with 93 ground balls, 13th nationally (6.64 per game). He captured the first nine face-offs vs. Penn and finished with 14-of-20 face-off wins and 11 ground balls against the Quakers. Ottens won 13-of-24 face-offs in the Bears win over Princeton. He captured 12-of-19 face-offs against Holy Cross, and won 14-of-23 face-offs in Brown's victory over #4 Villanova, while picking up nine ground balls. Ottens captured 14-of-23 face-offs vs. Harvard. He won 18-of-24 face-offs vs. Stony Brook, including 12 of the game's first 15 face-offs. Last year, Ottens captured 270-of-452 face-offs (.597) and scored seven goals off the face-off x.

 

Goss one of the Nation's Top Goalies:  Goalie Phil Goss '20 (San Francisco, CA), who led the nation in saves (12.75 saves per game) in his rookie campaign, leads the Ivy League and ranks second nationally with 13.07 saves per game, while his save percentage (.530) ranks 16th in the nation.  He registered nine saves in 45 minutes of play vs. Dartmouth, giving up four goals. Goss made nine saves vs. Penn, including three in the last five minutes to preserve the victory. He registered 17 saves in Brown's win over Princeton. Goss registered 10 of his 18 saves in the second half against UMass, and had 11 saves in Brown's win over Holy Cross.  Goss was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after Brown's 12-9 win over #4 Villanova, making 11 of his 17 saves in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter. He made 11 saves in Brown's opening game vs. Quinnipiac and added 10 more against Stony Brook.  Goss exceled against #15 Rutgers with a season high 20 saves. Last year, he turned in several virtuoso performances with 20 saves in Brown's Ivy League Tournament win over Princeton and 19 saves against Rutgers and Penn.

 

 

Panepinto Finds the Back of the Net:  Middy Michael Panepinto '19 (Needham, MA), Brown's leading goal scorer with 27 goals for the season, scored three goals vs. Bryant and two goals vs. Dartmouth.  He scored the game-winning goal against Princeton, finding the back of the net with 14 seconds remaining in Brown's 14-13 victory over the Tigers. He had two goals and one assist vs. Providence. Panepinto also netted two goals and handed out an assist vs. Penn.  Panepinto scored three goals and handed out two assists in Brown's win over Holy Cross and added two goals and an assist vs. UMass. He had two goals vs. Harvard and netted two goals in Brown's win over #4 Villanova. Panepinto opened the season with two goals and two assists vs. Quinnipiac, and came back with three goals and one assist vs. Stony Brook. He had two goals and an assist vs. #15 Rutgers. Panepinto has been a mainstay of the Bears' midfield since his freshman season and registered 28 points (25 goals, 3 assists) last year, scoring goals in 15-of-16 games and registered hat-tricks vs. Stony Brook and Princeton.

 

Bear Facts: Brown ranks 11th in the nation with 12.29 goals per game…Junior attackman Jackson Newsome (Arlington, VA) scored three goals in Brown's win over Dartmouth and has 21 goals on the season.  He scored a career high five goals vs. Yale…Freshman Ryan Aughavin (Glen Head, NY) posted his first two career goals vs. #6 Cornell, and came back with two goals vs. Bryant and a goal vs. Dartmouth…Freshman face-off specialist Matt McShea (Winnetka, IL) captured 6-of-9 face-offs against UMass…Senior defenseman JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) scored his first goal of the season against Holy Cross…Sophomore attackman Jack Kniffin (Darien, CT) scored two goals against Quinnipiac and distributed three assists vs. Stony Brook. He handed out four assists vs. Dartmouth, while adding a goal…Both freshman attackman Jack Parr (Glenwood, MD) and freshman defenseman Jackson Caputo (Riverside, CT) scored their first career goals vs. Princeton, while freshman Tom Hale (Hingham, MA) netted his first career goal vs. #6 Yale…Freshman Connor Fox (Boulder, CO) netted his first career goal vs. Dartmouth,

 

Hudak in the Midfield:  Senior middy Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA), an All-Ivy and All-New England selection a year ago, tossed in a season high four goals against Providence. He had two goals and an assist vs. Dartmouth and is Brown's fourth leading scorer with 28 points (21 goals, 7 assists). Hudak scored two goals vs. Penn, including the game-winner with just over five minutes remaining. He also netted two goals and added an assist vs. #6 Yale. Hudak had a big game vs. UMass with four goals. He scored a goal and handed out an assist in games vs. Quinnipiac and Holy Cross. He added two goals vs. Stony Brook. Last year, Hudak was Brown's leading scorer from the midfield with 34 goals and nine assists for 43 points.

 

Song – Bears Second Leading Scorer:  Junior middy Carson Song's (San Francisco, CA) 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) are tied for second on the Brown squad. He tossed in two goals in Brown's win over Dartmouth. Song, who had a goal and an assist vs. Princeton and two assists vs. #6 Yale, scored a goal and handed out four assists vs. UMass. He netted three goals and handed out two assists in Brown's win over Holy Cross.  Song scored a goal and handed out four assists vs. Harvard. He registered five goals and two assists in Brown's win over Stony Brook. Song added a goal and an assist vs. #15 Rutgers.

 

 

Head Coach Mike Daly: Second-year head Brown lacrosse coach Mike Daly posted a 10-6 overall record in his initial season on College Hill and brought the Bears to the Ivy League Tournament championship game. He came to Brown after guiding the Tufts University men's lacrosse program to three NCAA National Championship titles while boasting the nation's highest scoring offense. Daly, the sixth Brown men's lacrosse coach since 1963, posted a record of 244-83 in 18 seasons as head coach at Tufts, with nine NCAA Tournament appearances and seven NESCAC titles. His Tufts teams won national championships in 2010, 2014 and 2015. Tufts led the nation in scoring in 2016 with 402 goals in 23 games for a 17.48 per game average. The Jumbos won their seventh consecutive NESCAC title and finished the year with a 20-3 record, falling in the National Championship game. Daly is among the top 10 active coaches for winning percentage and is in the top 20 for victories. A two time USILA F. Morris Touchstone National Coach of the Year (2010 and 2014), Daly's teams have won 20 or more games four times and made five appearances in the National Championship game. Daly oversaw a prolific Tufts offense that scored 423 goals in 2014 to set an NCAA record for a single season for all divisions.

 

Miller on the Wing:. Senior LSM Jake Miller (Heartland, WI) returned to the lineup against #6 Yale after missing a few games due to injury. Miller scored his seventh goal of the season and 20th career goal vs. #6 Cornell. He netted his fifth and sixth goals of the season against Holy Cross and UMass. He scored two goals, handed out an assist and picked up three ground balls in Brown's win over #4 Villanova. Miller also added a goal against Harvard. He ranks second on the Brown team with 28 ground balls. Miller is one of the top-scoring LSM in NCAA history, posting 28 career points, with 20 goals and eight assists.

 

NCAA All-Time Career Long Pole Scoring

            Name                                                  Gm.     G         Asst.   Pts.

1.         Mason Poli, Bryant, 2010-13                    68         44         17         61

2.         Larken Kemp, Brown, 2014-17                  64         26         30         56

3.         Brian Farrell, Maryland, 2007-11               68         29         20         49

4.         Scott Ratliff, Loyola, 2010-13                   58         30         14         44

5.         CJ Costabile, Duke, 2009-12                     79         22         20         42

6.         Connor Keating, Penn, 2014-18                 53         31         9          40

7.         Alec Tulett, Brown 2014-17                      61         11         21         32        

8.         John LoCascio, Villanova, 2011-14             61         8          21         29

9.         Joel White, Syracuse, 2008-11                   67         18         10         28

10.        Cody O'Donnell, Bryant, 2013-17              65         22         7          29

11.        Jake Miller, Brown, 2015-present         59         20         8          28

12.        Ryan Fournier, Loyola, 2014-17                63         16         9          25