Bears Face #11 Fighting Irish

March 29, 2006

South Bend, IN - The Brown men's lacrosse team continues its Midwest swing with its first ever match-up against 11th-ranked Notre Dame on Wednesday, March 29th at Moose Krause Stadium, starting at 3:30 p.m. The Bears are coming off a tough 9-7 loss to Ohio State on Saturday evening in Columbus, Ohio.

Brown's Record: The Bears, who feature the fifth toughest schedule in the nation, have posted a 2-4 record with wins over Hartford (13-3), and Bellarmine (9-6), and losses to #17 UMBC (6-4), #4 Hofstra (13-3), #7 UMass (13-9), and Ohio State (9-7).

Buckley Returns: Junior Alex Buckley, Brown's fifth leading scorer last year with 20 points (15 goals, 5 assists), returned to the lineup vs. UMass after missing most of the Bears first four games due to injury. Buckley had three goals and two assists against the Minutemen, and added a goal vs. Ohio State.

McGettigan Leads the Offense: Senior Will McGettigan is off to a great start to the 2006 season, leading the Bears with 15 points (11 goals, 4 assists). He exploded for a career high four goals and captured 12 of 15 face-offs to lead the Bears over Bellarmine. For the season, McGettigan has captured 35 of 60 (.583) face-offs and picked up a team high 15 ground balls.

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.

Captains: Senior captains Rob Cotter and James Faello were mainstays of the Brown defense a year ago, 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 is Brown's top scorer (11 goals, 4 assists) and top face-off man (35-60).

Gentilesco In Goal: Senior Nick Gentilesco has been solid in goal for the Bears, posting an 8.64 goals against average. He has made 57 saves, while allowing 51 goals (.528).

Bear Facts: Senior Kyle Wailes has moved from the midfield to attack and scored 9 goals, while handing out four assists...Junior David Madeira netted two goals and handed out an assist vs. Ohio State. He is Brown's second leading goal scorer (10)...Freshman attackman Jack Walsh is Brown's top freshman scorer with five points (3 goals, 2 assists). Freshman Nic Bell is close behind with 2 goals and 2 assists.

Bears vs. Ohio State (3/25/06): The Buckeyes scored two late fourth quarter goals to earn a 9-7 win over the Bears in Columbus.

The Bears had tied the game, 7-7, with just under five minutes remaining on senior Kyle Wailes' second goal of the game.

The sea-saw game saw the Bears break out on top, 1-0, on a goal by Alex Buckley early in the game. The Buckeyes scored three unanswered goals to grab a 3-1 lead with 5:55 left in the first quarter.

Brown goals by freshman Nic Bell, junior David Madeira and Wailes with 4:45 left in the second quarter put the Bears back on top, 4-3. Joel Delgardo scored for the Buckeyes to knot the score, 4-4 at the half.

Senior Will McGettigan opened the third quarter by scoring with 8:23 left, but Ohio State's Andrew Bender tied the score, 5-5, with 4:37 left in the quarter. Madeira netted his second goal to give the Bears a 6-5 lead after three quarters.

Goals by Ohio State's Andrew Bender and Peter Schell with 6:42 gave the Buckeyes a 7-6 advantage with 6:42 remaining. Wailes goal tied it for the Bears, but the Buckeyes answered with Wittenberg's lone goal of the game, and then added an insurance goal by Kevin Buchanan with 1:41 left to play.

Brown out-shot the Buckeyes by a 33-27 margin, and Bears' senior goalie Nick Gentilesco registered nine saves. John Bolen made 13 saves in goal for the Buckeyes.