Providence, R.I. – Bears' sophomore attackman Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) scored with 8:07 remaining to break a 6-6 tie, and junior goalie Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) made four saves down the stretch, to lead Brown to a 7-6 win over Providence in an Ocean State Cup match-up at Lennon Family Field on the PC campus.
After Providence tied the game, 6-6, with 8:15 left in the game, Bears' sophomore Jordan Schochet (Plano, TX) captured the ensuing face-off and the Bears struck eight seconds later when Piroli scored on a pass from junior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) to give Brown a 7-6 lead.
Brown (6-5) never trailed in the game, but never had more than a two-goal lead in the defensive battle with the Friars (8-6).
Round, a second team All-Ivy goalie last season, took over the starting role a week ago and was exceptional in goal, making 13 saves overall, including six in the fourth quarter as Providence peppered the Brown goal with 14 shots. Freshman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) and Hurster scored two goals each to lead the Bears' attack.
The Bears and Friars were tied, 2-2, after one quarter with sophomore Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) and freshman Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) scoring for the Bears and the Friars getting goals from Sean Wright and Jake Newman.
A defensive battle ensued in the second quarter, but the Bears had the better of play. Blynn gave Brown the lead, 3-2, on a pass from Piroli with 5:22 left in the quarter. Brown grabbed a 4-2 lead at the half when Hurster scored a short-handed goal with just 32 seconds remaining in the half.
The two teams exchanged goals early in the second half, with Providence scoring just 1:24 into the quarter and Jacob netting his second goal three minutes later. After a goal by the Friars' Robert Stack, Brown answered once again on Blynn's second goal with 46 seconds left, giving the Bears a 6-4 advantage after three quarters.
The Friars struck first in the fourth quarter, scoring the first two goals, the second by Greg Fitzmaurice to tie the game, 6-6, with 8:15 left in regulation.
Brown looks to keep its Ivy Playoff chances alive on Saturday, April 20, hosting #7 Cornell at Stevenson Field. It's Senior Day for Brown's eight seniors – Sam Ford, Roger Ferguson, George Sherman, Johnny DePeters, Alex Jones, Shane McHugh, Obafemi Alese and Clay Del Prince. Brown's seniors will be honored in pre-game ceremonies, with face-off scheduled for 3 p.m.