Providence, Rhode – After clawing its way back into the hunt for the Ivy League Playoffs with a key win over Penn last week, the Brown men's lacrosse team will challenge #14 Yale on Saturday, April 16th. Face-off is at 1:00 p.m. at Reese Stadium in New Haven.
The Ivy League standings are jammed up with Cornell at the top at 4-0, and every remaining Ivy school with two losses. The top four teams will qualify for the Ivy Playoffs which will be played at the site of the top seeded team. The Bears (4-6, 1-2 Ivy) will look to even its Ivy record against a tough Yale squad who has posted a 7-2 overall mark, 2-2 in Ivy play.
Brown and Yale have met 56 times with the Bears holding a 34-18 series advantage over the Bulldogs. Last year, Yale came away with a 14-11 decision over the Brown in Providence, despite three goals by Bears' attackman Parker Brown. The Bears earned a 13-9 decision over the Elis two years ago in New Haven.
About the Bears: Juniors Rob Schlesinger and Parker Brown each scored four goals in the Bears' 13-12 win over Penn last week. Parker Brown's 26 points (16 goals, 10 assists) rank second on the Bears' team. Schlesinger, who also had two assists against the Quakers, has scored nine goals and added six assists…Senior midfielder Jeffrey Foote netted his first two goals of the season against Penn…Brown's man-down defense is number one in the nation (.872)…Senior goalie Matt Chriss ranks sixth in the nation with a save percentage of .607, while his 12.2 saves per game rank sixth nationally…Senior David Hawley, who scored a career high six goals against Vermont, is Brown's second leading goal scorer with 16…Senior Seth Ratner captured 14 of 23 face-offs against Penn, while picking up five ground balls. He has won 69 of 131 face-offs this season…Sophomore Roger Ferguson picked up a game high four ground balls against Penn, and leads the Bears with 34 ground balls for the season…
Senior All-American defenseman Peter Fallon is the leader of a Brown defense that has allowed just 7.92 goals per game, 14th best in the nation… Senior attackman Andrew Feinberg leads the Ivy League with 2.71 goals per game. He is Brown's ninth all-time leading scorer with 154 career points (118 goals, 36 assists).
About the Elis: Yale is coming off a 9-7 win over Dartmouth…The Elis have posted wins over St. John's (10-8), Presbyterian (22-6), Mercer (22-1), Lehigh (10-6), Princeton (8-7 ot) and Providence (11-9), with losses to Cornell (10-8), and Penn (10-9 3ot)…Brian Douglass has scored 21 goals and ranks fourth in the Ivy league with 2.33 goals per game…Yale are number one in the nation in face-off win percentage (.670).
Next Week: the Bears have a full week, traveling across town to to play Providence College on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m., and hosting Cornell on Saturday, April 23 at Stevenson Field, starting at 3:00 p.m.