February 22, 2006

Brown Opens 2006 Lacrosse Season at Home vs. UMBC

Feb. 22, 2006

Providence, RI -

The Brown men's lacrosse team will open its 2006 season at home on Saturday, February 25th, against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC).  The game will be played at Brown's new Field Turf playing surface, located adjacent to Stevenson Field, beginning at 12:00 noon.

 

Last Year:  The Bears posted a 6-6 record in 2005 and will be looking to return to the NCAA Playoffs for the first time since 1997.  The 21st-ranked UMBC squad posted a 7-8 overall record last season and is the pre-season favorites to win the America East Conference.

 

Season Opener: Brown began playing lacrosse in 1926, and will be opening its 58th season of intercollegiate lacrosse. The Bears fielded a varsity team from 1926 to 1937, and 1961 to the present.

 

Where The Game Is Played:  Saturday's game against UMBC is being played on Brown's new, and still unnamed, Field Turf playing surface, located behind the Olney Margolies Athletic Center and adjacent to Stevenson Field in the Erickson Athletic Complex.  Brown is scheduled to play all of its games at Stevenson field, but will move to the new field for early season games and in adverse weather conditions.

 

Nelson At The Helm: Head coach Scott Nelson, the 2004 New England Coach of the Year and winner of over 200 career games, is entering his sixth season as coach of the Bears. 

 

The Series Record:  Brown and UMBC have met just once before, in 1981, with the Retrievers earning a 13-5 decision over the Bears.

 

Give Wailes An Assist: Senior All-Ivy Kyle Wailes, who will play both in the midfield and on attack, ranked third nationally and was the Ivy League leader in assists with 30 for the season, averaging 2.50 assists per game. He led Brown in scoring with 35 points (5 goals, 30 assists).

 

Captains: Senior captains Rob Cotter and James Faello were mainstays of the Brown defense, helping to hold opponents to just 9.42 goals per game. Senior captain Grant Derkac is Brown's top defensive middie. Senior captain Will McGettigan, who played in all 12 games for the Bears a year ago, will play in the midfield and on attack, after scoring four goals and picking up 10 ground balls.

 

Goal Scorers: The Bears' attack will be solid with the return of junior Dave Madeira, Brown's top goal scorer (23), and second leading returning scorer overall (25 points).  Madeira's 8 man-up goals led the Ivy League and helped the Bears lead the Ivy League with 20 man-up goals. He scored a career high four-goals against Dartmouth and added three goals against Hartford. Junior Alex Buckley will also provide a potent scoring punch from the midfield.  Buckley, Brown's fifth leading scorer last year with 20 points (15 goals, 5 assists), proved he can score goals in bunches, netting a career high four goals against Quinnipiac.

 

Shields - Pre-Season All-American: The Bears defense will be buoyed by the return of junior All-Ivy Bobby Shields, a fierce defender, who was often matched-up against the opponents' top attackman.  Shields, a pre-season All-American, picked-up 18 ground balls for the season, and scored his first career goal against Yale.

 

In Goal: The Bears will once again be solid in goal with the return of senior All-Ivy goalie Nick Gentilesco, who led the Ivy League and ranked 14th nationally with an 8.06 goals against average.  He registered a season high 17 saves vs. Yale, and posted an Ivy League leading .568 save percentage.

 

2006 Brown University Men's Lacrosse Schedule

2/25    Sat.                  UMBC                       12:00 p.m.

3/4      Sat.                  at Hofstra                  1:00 p.m.

3/8      Wed.               at Hartford                3:00 p.m.

3/11    Sat.                  BELLARMINE         3:00 p.m.

3/18    Sat.                  UMASS                     1:00 p.m.

3/25    Sat.                  at Ohio State             7:30 p.m.

3/29    Wed.               at Notre Dame         3:30 p.m.

4/8      Sat.                  at Yale                        1:00 p.m.

4/11    Tue.                HARVARD              7:00 p.m.

4/15    Sat.                  at Penn                       1:00 p.m.

4/22    Sat.                  DARTMOUTH        1:00 p.m.

4/29    Sat.                  at Cornell                  1:00 p.m.

5/6      Sat.                  PRINCETON           1:00 p.m.