May 3, 2008
Providence, RI - Sophomore Thomas Muldoon and freshman Andrew Feinberg scored two goals each to lift Brown to a 6-5 victory over Princeton (7-6, 4-2 Ivy) and a share of the Ivy League Championship, its first Ivy title since 1995. The Bears won 10 of their last 11 regular season games to finish 11-3 overall and shared the Ivy League Championship with Cornell at 5-1 in the Ivy standings. The Big Red will earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Playoffs, while Brown awaits word on Sunday if they will receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
A huge crowd of 2,913 enveloped Stevenson Field and erupted at the end as the Bears captured their seventh Ivy League Championship.
The game was tight until the final horn with Princeton possessing the ball in the Brown zone for the game's last 4:08. The Tigers were able to get three good shots at Brown junior goalie Jordan Burke, who denied the Tigers each time, his last save with 1:37 remaining, stopping a shot by the Tigers' Bob Schneider.
Princeton jumped out to a 2-0 first quarter lead on two goals by Tommy Davis, the second with one-second left in the quarter.
The Bears recovered with three straight goals to take the lead, one by sophomore Zach Caldwell and two by Muldoon to grab at 3-2 advantage with 5:14 left in the second quarter. Princeton's Schneider tied the game, 3-3, but Bears' junior attackman Kyle Hollingsworth scored an incredible goal while lying on the ground, sweeping the ball off the deck and into the net with 16 seconds left in the quarter to give Brown a 4-3 lead at the half.
Schneider tied the game one last time for the Tigers early in the third quarter, 4-4, scoring with 12:05 remaining.
Feinberg took over for the Bears, scoring with 8:33 left in the third quarter on a pretty feed from Hollingsworth to give Brown the lead for good, 5-4. Feinberg scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when he intercepted a Princeton pass in front of the Tigers goal and fired a shot past goalie Alex Hewit, to give the Bears a 6-4 advantage.
The fourth quarter didn't start off well for the Bears when Princeton won the face-off to open the quarter and threw it back to the goalie Hewitt on a clear attempt. Hewett went the length of the field to score and pull the Tigers to within one goal of the Bears, 6-5.
Brown's Burke provided the necessary backbone for the Bears in the fourth quarter, making five of his 13 saves to fend off the pesky Tigers. Hewit also finished with 13 saves for the Tigers.