Providence, Rhode Island - Brown and Princeton are two similar teams heading into Saturday's men's lacrosse match-up at Princeton's Class of 1952 Stadium, starting at 1:00 p.m. Both teams are seeking their first Ivy win of the season with the winner catapulting into the thick of the Ivy League Playoff race.
Brown (3-4, 0-1 Ivy) is coming off a hard-fought 12-7 loss at #3 Duke on Tuesday, while Princeton (1-5, 0-2 Ivy) will look to recover from an 8-7 overtime loss to Yale last Saturday.
Brown's offense has been buoyed by the re-emergence of senior David Hawley as a scoring force. Hawley netted six goals against Vermont and came back with three goals against Duke. Hawley's 12 goals ranks second on the Brown team.
Bears' senior Andrew Feinberg is the glue behind Brown's offensive attack. The high scoring Feinberg (19 goals-8 assists—27 points) has contributed mostly on attack, but will move to the midfield to enable the Bears to be more productive.
Feinberg has scored 118 goals in his brilliant career, sixth best in Brown lacrosse history, and ranks 9th on Brown's all-time scoring list with 154 career points. His 2.83 goals per game rank third in the nation in 2011, while he's eighth nationally in points per game (4.17).
The backbone of Brown's defensive effort has been senior All-American Peter Fallon, who has shut down some of the finest attackmen in the country. He joins with senior goalie Matt Chriss, who has posted a save percentage of .638, third best in the nation. Chriss' 7.33 goals against average ranks 13th nationally.
Brown and Princeton have met 48 times, dating back to 1964, with the Tigers holding a 27-21 series advantage over the Bears. Princeton has won the last two meetings between the two teams, including a 9-7 decision last year at Gillett Stadium. In 2008, Brown captured the Ivy League title on the final day of the season with a 6-5 win over Princeton at Stevenson Field.
Following Saturday's game against the Tigers, coach Lars Tiffany's team travels to Smithfield, Rhode Island to battle Bryant College. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Pictured: Brennan Bailey '12 has returned to the lineup after missing several games due to injury. Photo by dspics.com