#17 Bears To Face #9 UMass In Key New England Match-up

#17 Bears To Face #9 UMass In Key New England Match-up

March 16, 2005



#17 Brown (2-0) vs. #9 UMass (3-1)

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Garber Field; Amherst, Mass.

3:00 p.m.



The Records:  The 17th-ranked Brown Bears are 2-0 on the season following wins over Hofstra (10-2) and Quinnipiac (14-7).  9th-ranked UMass fell to 3-1 overall after losing to Albany, 10-9, Tuesday afternoon.  The Minutemen had previously posted wins over Hofstra (12-7), Yale (12-6) and Stony Brook (9-6).


The Series Record:  Brown and UMass have met 38 times, dating back to 1963, with the Bears holding a 22-16 series advantage.  The Bears beat the Minutemen 10-5 last year in a game played at Harvard.  UMass last beat the Bears in 2003, coming away with an 18-6 decision.


Returning All-Ivy Players:  The Bears return four All-Ivy players to the lineup and nine of 10 starters. Coach Scott Nelson's team returns attackman Chazz Woodson '05, a second team All-Ivy selection, midfielders Chris Mucciolo `05 and Britton Derkac `05, and defenseman Bobby Shields `07, who were honorable mention All-Ivy selections.  The only starter to graduate was All-American goalie Mike Levin.


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 fifth season as coach of the Bears, and 20th season as a collegiate head coach.  His career record stands at 205-70.


Woodson Leads Attack:  Senior attackman Chazz Woodson has gotten off to a strong start, scoring six goals in Brown's first two games.  He netted 32 goals in 2004, second best in the Ivy League.  An All-New England selection, his 48 total points were also second among all Ivy League players.  Woodson led last year's team with four game-winning goals, and scored a career high five goals against Fairfield.


Give Wailes An Assist:  Junior middie Kyle Wailes is quickly becoming one of the top feeders in the nation.  In Brown's first two games, Wailes has assists on 7 of Brown's 24 goals, while also scoring a goal.  Last year, Wailes registered a team-leading 24 assists.


Gentilesco In Goal:  Junior goalie Nick Gentilesco has come up big in Brown's first two games.  He allowed just two goals against Hofstra, going the distance in Brown's opening game, while making 11 saves.  He yielded two goals against Quinnipiac, making five saves in 30 minutes of action.  Gentilesco's goals against average stands at 2.67, and he's posted an .800 save percentage.


2005 Season Dedicated To Ricky Whelan:  The Brown lacrosse team has dedicated the 2005 season to former teammate Ricky Whelan '04, who passed away in January.  Whelan was a four-year player for the Bears, who won the 2004 Brown Unsung Hero Award.


Buckley Nets Four:  Sophomore attackman Alex Buckley scored a career high four goals in Brown's win over Quinnipiac.  A two-time Ivy Rookie of the Week last year, Buckley scored 10 goals and handed out two assists in 2004.


Clarke Scores: Sophomore goalie Chandler Clarke (Lloyd Harbor, NY) entered the Quinnipiac game at the start of the second half, and immediately electrified the crowd with an end-to-end run, weaving through the Quinnipiac defense to score his first collegiate goal 1:25 into the third quarter.  Clarke went on to make seven saves, while allowing five goals.


Growing Up:  The Bears will rely heavily on several sophomores, who earned starting roles a year ago. Three different Brown players -- defenseman Bobby Shields, middie Alex Buckley, and attackman David Madeira -- earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors in 2004.


Facing Off: The face-off duties will once again be in the capable hands of senior midfielder Kirk Teatom, who has captured 26 of 35 (.743) face-offs so far this season.  He won 118 of 218 face-offs last year and led the Bears with 54 ground balls. 


Staunch Defense: Coach Scott Nelson's team features an experienced defense, led by sophomore Bobby Shields, an impact player for the Bears from the moment he stepped onto the field, starting all 14 games as a first-year defensive player. Shields, whose 35 ground balls were fourth on the Brown team, was matched-up against the opposition's top scorer all season.  The Bears defense also returns starters Reece Pacheco '05, Dan Spinosa '05, and junior James Faello `06. Pacheco leads the Bears' defense with 10 ground balls this season.


2005 Brown Men's Lacrosse Schedule


3/5      Sat.      HOFSTRA                 W, 10-2

3/9      Wed.   HARTFORD              postponed

3/13    Sun.    QUINNIPIAC           W, 14-7

3/19    Sat.      at UMass                    3:00 p.m.

3/26    Sat.      OHIO STATE            1:00 p.m.

4/2      Sat.      at Syracuse                4:00 p.m.

4/9      Sat.      YALE                          2:00 p.m.

4/12    Tue.    at Harvard                7:00 p.m.

4/16    Sat.      PENN                         1:00 p.m.

4/23    Sat.      at Dartmouth            12:00 p.m.

4/30    Sat.      CORNELL                 1:00 p.m.

5/7      Sat.      at Princeton               1:00 p.m.


Head Coach:  Scott Nelson