10th Ranked Bear Laxers Welcome 3rd Ranked Syracuse To Stevenson Field
April 1, 2004
Providence, RI -
#10 Brown (6-0) vs. #3 Syracuse (5-1) Saturday, April 3, 2004 Stevenson Field, Providence, RI 1:00 p.m.
The Records: Brown, ranked 10th nationally, captured its sixth straight win to open the season with a 15-5 victory over Hartford on Tuesday. The Bears are 6-0 for the first time since the 1991 season when they posted a perfect 13-0 regular season. Coach Scott Nelson's team has also earned wins over Sacred Heart (10-5), Vermont (9-8), Fairfield (12-7), UMass (10-5) and #10 Loyola (14-3). Syracuse, ranked third nationally, is 5-1 overall, following a 16-10 victory over Hobart. The Orangemen have also beaten Army (19-15), Virginia (19-12), Notre Dame (19-13), and Princeton (14-12), while losing to then #1 Johns Hopkins (17-5).
The Series Record: Brown and Syracuse have met 16 times, dating back to 1986, with the Orangemen holding a 15-1 series advantage. Syracuse has won the last six games, including a 16-7 decision last year. Brown's only win over the Orangemen came in 1997 when the Bears toppled Syracuse, 20-12, in the Carrier Dome.
Top Gun: Junior Chazz Woodson has been on a scoring rampage of late, scoring four goals vs. Loyola, and four more goals against Hartford. Woodson is Brown's top scorer with 26 points (17 goals, 9 assists). Woodson netted a career-high five-goals and handed out two assists vs. Fairfield. Woodson's 21 ground balls rank second on this year's team.
Levin Named Ivy League Player of the Week: Bears' senior goalie Mike Levin has returned to the form of two years ago when he was a first team All-Ivy selection and honorable mention All-American. While Levin was spectacular in goal in Brown's win over the Loyola, making 13 saves, including several from point blank range, it was his offensive skills that sparked the Bears to victory. Levin electrified the Stevenson Field crowd with an end-to-end run, dishing off at the last second for his first career assist. The goal ignited a 7-0 Brown outburst that put the Bears in control of the game. Levin is the Ivy League's top goalie with a 5.22 goals against average, and a .659 save percentage.
Towers of Power: Senior tri-captain Charles Towers exploded for a career high five goals in Brown's win over UMass. Towers, who netted two goals in Brown's win over Loyola, is second on this year's team in scoring with 19 points (13 goals, 6 assists).
Shields For The Defense: Freshman Bobby Shields has started all six games for the Bears defense this season. He sparked the Brown defense vs. UMass, drawing the assignment of its top scorer, Gene Tundo. Shields held Tundo to no points while the Bears' defense allowed just five goals against the 16th-ranked Minutemen. His 19 ground balls rank third on the Brown team.
Bear Facts: Just six games into the season, Brown (6-0) has already eclipsed last year's victory output (4-10)...Freshman attackman David Madeira has started all six games for the Bears, and is Brown's fourth leading goal scorer with seven goals. He had two goals vs. Hartford on Tuesday... Sophomore attackman Kyle Wailes, who handed out three assists vs. Hartford, ranks 2nd in the Ivy League with 14 assists in 5 games... Senior Rich Tuohey scored a goal against Loyola and added two more against Hartford...Freshmen Tyler Gaffney (2) and Michael Bernard (1), and sophomore Rory Hyland (1) registered their first career goals on Tuesday vs. Hartford...Brown has converted 13 of 27 (.481) man-up opportunities...Junior Kirk Teatom has captured 56 of 98 face-offs (.571). He also leads the Bears with 28 ground balls.
Buckley Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman Alex Buckley was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. He played a key role in Brown's victory over the Greyhounds, scoring two goals and handing out one assist. He was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week two weeks ago after scoring three goals, including the game-winner, against Fairfield.
Mucciolo In The Scoring Column: Junior attackman Chris Mucciolo, Brown's leading returning scorer from 2003, has picked-up where he left off last year. Mucciolo, who netted two goals vs. Loyola, has registered 9 goals and 4 assists to rank fourth on this year's team.
Transfer Makes The Grade: The Bears defense has been buoyed by the addition of junior Reece Pacheco, a transfer from Bucknell. Pacheco was a two-year starter for the Bison.
Brown's Probable Starters: Attack 24 Chazz Woodson Attack 43 Charles Towers Attack 44 David Madeira Midfield 1 Chris Mucciolo Midfield 9 Britton Derkac Midfield 13 Alex Buckley Defense 19 Bobby Shields Defense 28 James Faello Defense 42 Reece Pacheco Goal 11 Mike Levin Face-Offs 21 Kirk Teatom