March 16, 2006

Bears Host No. 7 UMass at Stevenson Field

March 16, 2006

Providence, RI - The Brown men's lacrosse team, riding a two game winning streak, will host seventh-ranked UMass on Saturday in the 41st renewal of New England's fiercest rivalry. The Bears will be playing their first home game on grass this season at Stevenson Field, with game time slated at 1:00 p.m.

The Records: The Bears (2-2) are coming off a 9-6 victory over Bellarmime last Saturday, earning its second straight victory. Seventh-ranked UMass was stunned by Albany, 9-8, on Tuesday, to fall to 3-1 overall.

The Brown vs. UMass Series Record: Brown leads the all-time series with the Minutemen in New England's fiercest rivalry by a 22-18 margin. UMass earned a 12-5 decision over the Bears in 2005, while Brown captured a 10-5 victory in 2004.

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.

About Brown (2-2): Senior Will McGettigan exploded for a career high four goals and captured 12 of 15 face-offs to lead the Bears over Bellarmine. McGettigan's nine goals and three assists leads the Bears and ranks eighth in the Ivy League...Brown's schedule is ranked the third toughest in the nation by Laxpower. Playing the Top-10 toughest schedules are Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Cornell, Brown, Harvard, Syracuse, Maryland, Yale, Princeton and Georgetown...Senior attackman Kyle Wailes has registered a hat-trick in the Bears' last two games, scoring three goals vs. Hartford and Bellarmine...Senior goalie Nick Gentilesco, the Ivy League's top goalie a year ago, made seven saves against Bellarmine, and came up big when the game was on the line, making four saves in the decisive fourth quarter. Gentilesco has posted a 7.43 goals against average....Freshman Nic Bell handed out two assists in the Bears' win over Bellarmine on Saturday...Senior Grant Derkac's 10 ground balls is tied for the team lead with McGettigan. Derkac has also registered two assists for the Bears...Attackman Jack Walsh is Brown's top freshman scorer with five points (3 goals, 2 assists).

About Massachuestts (3-1): The 7t- ranked Minutemen dropped their first game of the season, falling to Albany Tuesday afternoon. UMass, who advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals a year ago, had previously earned wins over Hofstra (11-7), Yale (14-11), and Harvard (12-7)...Senior All-American and Tewaaraton Award Finalist Sean Morris leads the Minutemen in scoring with 26 points, netting eight goals and handing out 18 assists. He tied his career-high with eight points against Hofstra on three goals and five assists...UMass senior Jake Deane has been the Minutemen's primary face-off man, winning 57 of 85 this season, 67 percent. Deane has scooped up a team-high 34 groundballs this season with a his career-best 12 vs. Harvard.