Providence, R.I. -- What seemed improbable three weeks ago became reality when Brown won four of its last five games and earned a berth in the Ivy League Playoffs. The Bears, seeded fourth, will battle top seeded and nationally ninth-ranked Princeton in the opening Ivy League semifinal on Friday, May 4, at 8:00 p.m., live on ESPN3, from Princeton's Class of 1952 Stadium.
The Records: Brown (7-7, 3-3 Ivy) won for the fourth time in its last five games and earned the fourth seed in the Ivy League Playoffs with a 10-8 win over Dartmouth on Senior Day at Stevenson Field. Brown's only loss in those five games was a quadruple overtime loss to Yale. The Bears will face no.1 seed and Ivy League regular season Champion Princeton (10-3, 6-0 Ivy), a 14-9 winner over Cornell Saturday evening.
The Ivy Playoffs:
Friday, May 4, at Princeton, NJ, Class of 1952 Stadium
Semifinal #1: 5:00 p.m. (ESPN3): #2 Cornell vs. #3 Yale
Semifinal #2: 8:00 p.m. (ESPN3): #1 Princeton vs. #4 Brown
Sunday, May 6, at Princeton, NJ, Class of 1952 Stadium
Championship: Noon (ESPNU)
ESPN3 To Televise Ivy Playoffs: Friday's Ivy League Lacrosse Semifinal games will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Veteran broadcaster Joe Beninati will call the play for both games, while Matt Ward will provide the color commentary. Here's the link: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/457069/brown-vs-princeton-semifinal-2
The Brown-Princeton Series Record: Brown and Princeton have met 50 times, dating back to 1964, with the Tigers holding a 29-21 series advantage over the Bears. Princeton has won the last four meetings between the two teams, including 13-2 win earlier this year in Providence, and an epic 5-4 quadruple overtime decision last year in New Jersey. 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.
Parker Brown Passes Century Mark: Brown senior attackman Parker Brown (San Francisco, CA), who had two goals and an assist against Dartmouth, recently passed the century mark in career points. He now has 111 career points, with 61 goals and 50 assists.
Head Coach Lars Tiffany: Lars Tiffany '90, a two-time Brown lacrosse captain, returned to his alma mater as head men's lacrosse coach in the summer of 2006, and has returned the program to national prominence with Ivy League titles in 2008 and 2010, and an NCAA Championship berth in 2009. Tiffany was named the New England Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009 while leading his team to the number one ranking in New England each year.
Hat-Trick Streak For Hurster: Bears' sophomore attackman San Hurster (St. Louis, MO) recorded his sixth straight three-goal game with a hat-trick against Dartmouth on Saturday. Hurster's 30 goals for the season and 13 goals in Ivy games lead the Brown team.
Swan Song For Stevenson Field Grass: Saturday's game against Dartmouth was the last event played on Stevenson Field's grass playing surface, with a synthetic turf being installed during the summer months.
Piroli: Four-Time Ivy Rookie of the Week: Brown freshman attackman Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) is a four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week. He ranked second on the Brown team with 22 goals, while his 28 points rank third on the Brown team. His 22 goals are the third most for a freshman in Brown lacrosse history.
Brown's All-Time Top Freshman Goal Scorers:
1. Oliver Marti '93 40 goals in 1991
2. David Evans '96 30 goals in 1993
3. Nick Piroli '15 22 goals in 2012
4. Andrew Feinberg '11 21 goals in 2008
5 Darren Lowe '92 21 goals in 1989
Ford's Playing Like A Ferrari: When Brown needed an edge to open it's game against Dartmouth, head coach Lars Tiffany turned to junior defenseman Sam Ford (Reisterstown, MD), sending him into the face-off x. Ford set the tone for the game when he won the opening face-off, picked up the ground ball, meandered his way into the offensive box and accelerated to the goal to give the Bears a 1-0 advantage. Ford leads the Brown team with 63 ground balls, including an incredible 14 ground balls against Providence.
Bear Facts: Senior Rob Schlesinger (Medfield, MA) has 21 points on the season (11 goals, 10 assists), while senior Dan O'Brien (Kensington, MD) has netted 11 goals and handed out 7 assists…Brown ranks fifth nationally in man down defense, and fourth in the nation in caused turnovers…Sophomore defenseman Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) ranks 11th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (1.93), while junior defenseman Clay DelPrince (Hamburg, NY) ranks 14th in the nation with 1.86 caused turnovers per game…Sophomore midfielder Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY), who captured 15 of 21 face-offs against Dartmouth, ranks second on the Brown team with 49 ground balls, including eight vs. Dartmouth…Junior long stick middy Roger Ferguson (Washington, DC), has picked up 39 ground balls, and registered a goal and five assists.
Round In Goal: Brown's recent surge has come with the help of sophomore goalie Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA), who made 14 saves against Cornell and 12 against Dartmouth, ranks 21st nationally with a goals against average of 9.02. He ranks second in the Ivy League in save percentage (.530).
Brown Seniors Honored: Brown lacrosse honored its five seniors in a ceremony prior to Saturday's game against Dartmouth: Michael Arsiotis, co-captain Parker Brown, Nicholas Laster, Dan O'Brien and co-captain Rob Schlesinger.
About The Tigers: Princeton won the Ivy League title outright on Saturday with a 14-8 win over Cornell. The win by the Tigers snapped a streak of nine consecutive seasons that Cornell earned at least a share of the Ivy League title…Sophomore midfielder Tom Schreiber leads the Ivy League with 54 points (4.15 per game) and in assists (25)…Tigers' senior goalie Tyler Fiorito, who had 16 saves in the first game against Brown, leads the Ivy league and ranks fourth nationally in goals against average (6.65), and ranks third nationally in save percentage (.615).
Attack 2 Sam Hurster (So.)
Attack 10 Nick Piroli (Fr.)
Attack 35 Parker Brown (Sr.)
Midfield 4 George Sherman (Jr.)
Midfield 34 Dan O'Brien (Sr.)
Midfield 40 Rob Schlesinger (Sr.)
Defense 1 Sam Ford (Jr.)
Defense 32 Phil Pierce (So.)
Defense 48 Clay DelPrince (Jr.)
LSM 3 Roger Ferguson (Jr.)
Goalie 22 Will Round (So.)
F/O 20 Tommy Capone (So.)
Seven Brown Laxers Earn All-Ivy Honors: Seven members of the Brown men's lacrosse team have been named All-Ivy for the 2012 season by a vote of the seven Ivy League lacrosse coaches. Junior defenseman Sam Ford (Reisterstown, MD), sophomore attackman Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) and sophomore goalie Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) earned second team All-Ivy honors, and senior attackman Parker Brown (San Francisco, CA), junior midfielder Rob Schlesinger (Medford, MA), junior long stick midfielder Roger Ferguson (Washington, DC) and junior defenseman Clay DelPrince were named honorable mention All-Ivy selections.
2012 Brown Men's Lacrosse Schedule
2/26 Sun. at Quinnipiac 12-7, W
3/3 Sat. UMASS 7-12, L
3/7 Wed. HARTFORD 6-20, L
3/10 Sat. at St. Joseph's (PA) 11-3, W
3/17 Sat. at Harvard 9-10, L ot
3/24 Sat. at Vermont 14-5, W
3/27 Tue. at Duke 8-9, L
3/31 Sat. PRINCETON 2-13, L
4/3 Tue. BRYANT 9-10, L
4/7 Sat. at Penn 11-10, W
4/13 Fri. YALE 10-11, L 4ot
4/17 Tue. PROVIDENCE 11-6, W
4/21 Sat. at Cornell 10-9, W
4/28 Sat. DARTMOUTH 10-8, W
5/4 Fri. Ivy League Tournament @ Princeton
vs. Princeton 8:00 p.m. ESPN3
5/6 Sun. Ivy League Tournament @ Princeton
Championship 12:00 noon ESPNU