March 17, 2007
Amherst, Mass. - Senior attackman David Madeira (Norwich, VT) scored three goals, and sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Burke (Potomac, MD) made 16 saves, to lead the resurgent Brown men's lacrosse team to its fourth straight win, a 7-4 victory over UMass at Garbor Field. The win lifts the Bears to 4-1 for the season, while UMass, the runner-up in the National Championship game a year ago, falls to 1-4 overall.
Brown never trailed in the game, and got early goals from Madeira and freshman Zach Caldwell (Yarmouth, ME), while the Minutemen received goals from Rory Pedrick and Evan Blum, to tie the score, 2-2, midway through the second quarter.
Coach Lars Tiffany's team broke the game open by scoring three straight goals, with Madeira's second goal giving the Bears a 3-2 lead at the half, and goals by sophomore Jack Walsh (Chevy Chase, MD) and freshman Thomas Muldoon (Oakton, VA) extending the Bears lead to 5-2 with 10:46 left in the third quarter.
UMass stopped the Bears' scoring streak with a goal at 9:59 of the third quarter, but Caldwell added his second goal of the game with just five seconds remaining in the quarter to lift the Bears to a 6-3 advantage after three quarters.
Brett Garber scored with 13:25 left in the fourth quarter to pull the Minutemen to within two goals of the Bears, 6-4. Madeira closed the door on UMass, completing the hat-trick by scoring his third goal with 5:13 remaining to put the game out of reach.
Burke was outstanding in the Brown goal, setting the tone early with seven saves in the first-quarter to stifle the Minutemen. Burke faced 35 UMass shots in making his 16 saves.
Madeira added an assist to go with his three goals, while Muldoon handed out two assists with his one goal.
The Bears will be back in action again on Saturday, March 24, opening their Ivy League season against Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire.