Bryant Overtakes Brown Laxers, 8-7
Smithfield, Rhode Island – Bryant rallied from a 5-1 second quarter deficit to earn an 8-7 non-league win over Brown Tuesday evening. The loss drops the Bears to 3-6 overall, while Bryant extends its record to 4-6 overall
With the score tied, 6-6, Bryant's Max Weisenberg scored consecutive fourth quarter goals to lift the Bulldogs to their first lead of the game, 8-6, with 5:31 remaining to play. Brown senior David Hawley got the Bears back into the game with his first goal of the contest with 4:37 left to play.
The Bears had a chance to tie the game with a minute remaining, but George Sherman's (Greenwich, CT) point blank shot was stopped by Bryant goalie Jamison Love on the Bears' last scoring opportunity of the game.
Brown got on the scoreboard first when Parker Brown (San Francisco, CA) took a pass from George Sherman just 44 seconds into the game. Senior Teddy Daiber (Rye, NY) scored consecutive goals to give the Bears a 3-0 lead with 8:07 left in the first quarter.
Brown midfielder Rob Schlesinger (Medfield, MA) lifted the Bears to a 4-0 advantage at the 3:59 mark of the quarter.
Bryant got its first goal when Colin Dunster found the back of the net to cut Brown's lead to 4-1 after one quarter.
Sophomore Alex Jones (Annapolis, MD) scored early in the second quarter to lift the Bears to their biggest lead, 5-1. But the Bulldogs answered with consecutive goals by Dan Sipperly and Travis Harrington to cut Brown's halftime lead to 5-3.
Bryant drew to within a goal of the Bears, 5-4, early in the third quarter, but Johnny DePeters (Woodbury, CT) put the Bears back by two scores, 6-4, just two minutes later.
The momentum turned in Bryant's favor with a goal at the end of the third quarter and a score by Peter McMahon to tie the score, 6-6, in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter.
Senior goalie Matt Chriss (Lutherville, MD), who ranks second in the nation in save percentage, was outstanding once again in the Brown goal, keeping the Bears in the game while facing a barrage of 34 shots. Chris finished with 10 saves, including eight in the first half.
Daiber's two goals led the Brown scorers, while Sherman added three assists.
Brown returns to Ivy League action on Saturday, April 9, hosting Penn at Stevenson Field. Game time is 1:00 p.m.
Pictured: Teddy Daiber '11. photo by dspics.com