Brown and #5 UMass Face-Off In Storied New England Rivalry

Providence, R.I. – The Brown and #5 UMass men's lacrosse teams will be facing-off for the 46th time on Saturday, March 2 at Garber Field on the UMass campus, starting at 2 pm. Brown, with 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, and UMass with 19 NCAA post-season berths, are the dominant lacrosse programs in New England history.

 

Brown-UMass – Series Record:  Brown and UMass have met 45 times, dating back to 1963, with Brown holding a narrow 23-22 series advantage.  UMass has won the last three games, including a 12-7 decision last year in Providence, RI.  Brown's last win over UMass came in 2009 when the Bears pulled out a 9-8 victory in Amherst.

 

The Bears:  Brown (0-1) dropped its season opener to Quinnipiac, 9-7, at Stevenson Field. Junior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) and freshman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) had two goals and two assists each.

 

The Minutemen:  Fifth-ranked UMass extended its record to 3-0 with an 8-6 win over Harvard in Cambridge.  The Minutemen have also beaten Army, 16-9, and #4 North Carolina, 12-11.

 

Hurster Picks Up Where He left Off:  Junior Sam Hurster opened the season with two goals and an assist vs. Quinnipiac.  Last year, Hurster led the Bears and ranked third in the Ivy League with 31 goals, registering hat-tricks in Brown's final six regular season games.

 

The Grass Is Not Always Greener:  Stevenson Field received a makeover in the off-season with the installation of a new LigaSport playing surface, transforming the field from natural grass to synthetic turf.

 

Freshmen Contribute: Freshman Henry Blynn made a splash in his collegiate debut, scoring two goals and handing out an assist.  Freshman Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) played the second half in goal against Quinnipiac.

 

Team Captains:  Brown's 2013 captains are senior defenseman Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY) and senior defenseman Sam Ford (Reisterstown, MD).

 

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.

 

Clay Del Prince Named 2013 Senior CLASS Award Candidate:  Brown senior defenseman Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY) is one of 20 NCAA Division I lacrosse student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, to be selected as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men's lacrosse. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

 

In The Brown Goal:  Brown opened the season in goal with junior Wills Curley (Berwyn, PA) getting the starting nod.  He played the first half, making four saves, while allowing five goals.  Freshman Jack Kelly played the second half and made two saves, allowing four goals.  Both Curley and Kelly had scoreless quarters, Curley in the second quarter, and Kelly in the third quarter.

 

Ferguson Drafted In 4th Round of MLL Collegiate Draft:  The Denver Outlaws selected Brown senior All-Ivy defenseman Roger Ferguson (Washington, DC) in the fourth round of the MLL Collegiate Draft. Ferguson was the 31st overall pick in the draft. Ferguson, an All-New England selection, is a long stick middy, had two assists and four ground balls in Brown's season opener vs. Quinnipiac.

 

Ford Plays Like A Ferrari: Brown senior defenseman Sam Ford, a second team All-Ivy selection a year ago, picked up seven ground balls against Quinnipiac on Saturday. He led the Bears with 63 ground balls last year, including a career best 14 ground balls vs. Providence.

 

2013 Brown Men's Lacrosse Schedule

February

23        Sat.      QUINNIPIAC                                    7-9, L

 

March

2          Sat.      at UMass                                            2:00pm

6          Wed.    at Hartford                                          3:00pm

9          Sat.      ST. JOSEPH'S                                 1:00pm

16        Sat.      HARVARD                                         7:00pm

24        Sun.     at High Point                                       1:00pm

27        Wed.    at North Carolina (ESPNU)                6:00pm                       

30        Sat.      at Princeton                                         1:00pm

 

April

 6         Sat.      PENN                                                 1:00pm

12        Fri.      at Yale                                                 7:00pm

16        Tue.     at Providence                                      7:00pm

20        Sat.      CORNELL                                         3:00pm

23        Tue.     at Bryant                                             7:00pm

27        Sat.      at Dartmouth                                      6:00pm

 

May

3          Fri.      Ivy League Tournament - Semifinals

5          Sun.     Ivy League Tournament - Finals                    

11        Sat.      NCAA First Round Playoffs             Higher Seed

12        Sun.     NCAA First Round Playoffs             Higher Seed

18        Sat.      NCAA Quarterfinals                          Hofstra / Harvard

19        Sun.     NCAA Quarterfinals                          Hofstra / Harvard

25 / 27 Sat./Mon    NCAA FINAL FOUR                Baltimore, MD - M&T Bank Stadium

 

Head Coach:  Lars Tiffany '90

Assistant Coaches: Kip Turner (Virginia '07), Steven Boyle (Johns Hopkins '10), Tim Harder (Syracuse '11)

Captains:  Clay DelPrince '13 and Sam Ford '13