The backbone of any team is its defense, and the Brown men's lacrosse team features an outstanding defensive unit with the ability to stifle the opposition's attack. The key question for coach Lars Tiffany's back line is in goal, where sophomore Will Round will be asked to take over the starting role after a strong fall and pre-season.
Leading the Bears' defensive unit is junior defenseman Roger Ferguson, an aggressive player with tremendous tools, who is especially adept at applying pressure to opponent ball carriers. Ferguson is also an offensive threat with a goal and three assists in 2011, and will continue to be matched-up against some of the nation's top attackmen. Junior Sam Ford is another returning starter, who has experience at both close defense and long-stick midfield. Ford ranked second on the Brown squad with 37 ground balls and is excellent at starting the transition game.
Junior Clay Del Prince also returns to the starting lineup after a breakout season. Often matched-up against the opponents' quickest and most dangerous attackman, he started 13 of 14 games for the Bears and picked up 24 ground balls. Also competing in the defensive end are sophomore Philip Pierce, freshman Stephen Loudon, sophomore Peter Vivonetto, freshman Cassius Cade, freshman Will Swindell, and senior Michael Arsiotis.
In the face-off X, sophomore Tommy Capone is someone who relished the one-on-one battles. He captured 30 of 67 face-offs a year ago and has progressed to become a valuable player on the offensive attack. Daniel Mellynchuk and Jordan Schochet are will also be involved in the face-off rotation.
While the Bears lack experience in goal, Tiffany is convinced that sophomore Will Round is up for the challenge. Round, who earned a starting role in Brown's win over Dartmouth, saw just 40 minutes of action, playing behind All-Ivy goalie Matt Chriss, but has impressed the coaching staff in the fall and early spring. He'll be backed-up by freshman Corbin Booker.