Ocean State Cup On The Line As Brown Men’s Lacrosse Visits Bryant

Providence, R.I. - Brown's men's lacrosse team will look to capture the Ocean State Cup when they take on Bryant on Tuesday, April 23, in Smithfield, R.I.  The Bears have already defeated Providence College, and need a win over the Bulldogs tonight to clinch the Ocean State Cup Championship that rewards the overall Division I champion among Rhode Island's three Division I lacrosse schools.  Brown fans can listen to the game on brownbears.com with Mike Rubin calling the play and Mike Mancuso providing the analysis.

The Records:  Brown (6-6, 1-4 Ivy) dropped a 13-7 decision to #7 Cornell on Saturday.  Senior Alex Jones led the Bears with three goals against the Big Red.  All six of Brown's losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 20. Bryant (5-9) is coming off a 10-9 loss to St. Mary's, but has won four of its last five games.

The Brown-Bryant Series Record: Brown and Bryant have met four times, dating back to 2009, with the series tied, 2-2. Bryant has won the last two games, including a 10-9 decision last year in Providence.   In 2010, coach Lars Tiffany's team earned a 9-7 victory over the Bulldogs in Providence to clinch the Ocean State Cup.

Bear Facts: Brown's close defenders, senior Sam Ford, senior Clay Del Prince and junior Phil Pierce, rank second nationally in scoring among close defensemen with nine points.  Ford has 4 goals and two assists, Pierce has scored a goal, and Del Prince has two assists.  Virginia's close defense leads the country with 11 points… Freshman Henry Blynn, a two-time Ivy Rookie of the Week, is Brown's top scorer with 32 points (24 goals, 8 assists). He has scored five goals twice this season, vs. North Carolina and High Point…Senior long stick middy Roger Ferguson leads the Bears with 47 ground balls… The 21 goals scored by the Bears against High Point are the most scored by a Brown team since a 21-9 victory over Providence in 1999…Senior middy Alex Jones has registered two hat-tricks this season, vs. Cornell and Princeton…Senior middy Johnny DePeters scored a career high four goals and added three assists in Brown's win over High Point… Sophomore attackman Nick Piroli, Brown's top scorer a year ago, exploded for four goals against North Carolina.  He is Brown's fourth leading scorer with 21 points (14 goals, 7 assists)… Junior Sam Hurster ranks second on the Brown team with 19 goals…Senior George Sherman's 16 assists lead the Brown team. 

Clay Del Prince Named Finalist For 2013 Senior CLASS Award: Brown senior defenseman Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY) is one of 10 NCAA Division I lacrosse student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, to be selected as finalists 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. A close defenseman, he leads the Bears with 24 caused turnovers. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through May 13. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

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.

Next Game:  Brown wraps-up its 2013 season on Saturday, April 27, traveling to Hanover, New Hampshire to battle Dartmouth.  The game will be televised live on Fox College Sports, starting at 6 p.m.