2005 Brown Men's Lacrosse Preview
Feb. 7, 2005
Providence, RI - After narrowly missing the NCAA Playoffs a year ago with a 9-5 overall record, the Brown men's lacrosse team is hungry to get back into the NCAA Tournament mix with the return of four of its five All-Ivy players from a year ago. Head coach Scott Nelson, the 2004 New England Coach of the Year and winner of over 200 career games, also returns nine of 10 starters to the lineup.
Gone is All-American goalie Mike Levin, but 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 (Hampstead, NH), who were honorable mention All-Ivy selections. In addition, the Bears return three different players - Shields, Alex Buckley, Davis Madeira - who earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.
Woodson led Brown's attack last year, exploding for a career high 32 goals, which ranked second best in the Ivy League. An All-New England selection, his 48 total points were also second among all Ivy League players. Woodson, who led this year's team with four game-winning goals, netted a career high five goals against Fairfield, scored four goals against Loyola and Hartford, and added three goals against Providence. He also picked-up 25 ground balls for the season, and scored four game-winning goals.
Joining Woodson on attack is Madeira, who started all 14 games and scored 17 goals ,the third most goals for a freshman in Brown lacrosse history. With six assists, Madeira ranked fourth on last year's team with 23 points. Also contributing on the attack are sophomores Tyler Gaffney (2 goals, 1 assist) and Michael Bernard (1 goal), along with freshmen Mike Cohen, Mike Cummins and John String.
In the midfield, Mucciolo was Brown's second leading scorer with 20 goals, and ranked third in overall scoring with 24 points. He equaled his career high with four goals against Sacred Heart, and added three goals against Syracuse. Mucciolo also tied for the team lead with five extra man goals.
Drekac started all 14 games in the Brown midfield, registering 12 goals, third best on this year's team. He netted his first career hat-trick against Princeton, scoring three goals against the Tigers. Derkac ranked second on the Brown team in ground balls with 40 for the season. Junior Kyle Wailes returns to the midfield after leading the Bears with 24 assists. Sophomore Alex Buckley, an Ivy League Rookie of the Week selection, also contributed to the midfield with 10 goals and 2 assists. He netted two game-winning goals for the Bears.
Coach Nelson also expects sophomore Will Davis (4 goals, 3 assists), senior George Bassett (1 goal), junior Grant Derkac (1 goal, 1 assist), junior Will McGettigan (1 assist), senior Tony Frick, junior Ben Donahue and junior Tom Pitcher to see more time on the field. Nelson is also excited about a solid group of freshman middies, including Brian Asher, Jeff Hall, Grant Hollingsworth, and Nathan O'Dell.
Defensively, Shields was 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, and helped Brown to be the top defensive team in the Ivy League with just 7.64 goals allowed per game. He was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the week for his defensive play against Dartmouth.
The Bears defense also returns starters Reece Pacheco '05, Dan Spinosa '05, and junior James Faello. Pachecco grabbed 37 ground balls a year ago, while Spinosa picked-up 24 ground balls and Faello 10 ground balls. Also helping on defense is senior Rob Cotter, who has seen significant playing time in the last two years, sophomore Pat Ryan, a transfer from Bowdoin, senior Mark Girolamo, sophomore Pat Cook-Deegan, and junior Chris Kearney. Joining the Bears' defense will be freshmen Reed Deluca, and Kris Udekwu.
The goalie position is up for grabs with the graduation of Levin, who played all but 38 minutes last season. Sophomore Chandler Clarke was the only Brown goalie to see action a year ago, posting a 7.86 goals against average while making five saves in two games played. Junior Nicholas Gentilesco saw action in three games as a freshman, making four saves in 21 minutes of play while posting an 8.40 goals against average. The two upperclassmen will be pushed by freshman Mark Wenzel.
The face-off duties will once again be in the capable hands of senior midfielder Kirk Teatom, who captured 118 of 218 face-offs last year and led the Bears with 54 ground balls. When Teatom isn't facing off, McGettigan will take over after winning 29 of 59 face-offs a year ago.