Providence, R.I. - Coach Lars Tiffany's Brown men's lacrosse team opens its 2014 season on Saturday, February 22, traveling to Hamden, Connecticut to face Quinnipiac in a 12 noon start.
Brown and Quinnipiac have met five times, dating back to 2005, with the Bears holding a 4-1 series advantage over the Bobcats. Last year, Quinnipiac came away with an 8-6 decision at Stevenson Field, despite two goals each by Sam Hurster '14 and Henry Blynn '16. Brown had won the previous four games, including a 12-7 victory in 2012 behind Nick Piroli's '15 three goals.
The Bears will feature explosive attack and midfield units, veteran goalie play, and a young defense as the Bears vie for the Ivy League Championship after posting an 8-6 overall mark last season.
Tiffany's high scoring attack unit returns intact with sophomore Henry Blynn (27 goals), senior captain Sam Hurster (22 goals) and junior Nick Piroli (14 goals) accounting for 45-percent of the Bears offense in 2013. Sophomore Brendan Caputo is a solid midfield scorer (10 goals), while senior Steven Chmil is expected to be the engine that drives the midfield. Add sophomore attackmen Kylor Bellistri (6 goals) and Bailey Tills (6 goals), and junior middy Tim Jacob to the mix, and the Bears have several options to attack the cage.
Brown features two battle-tested goalies, sophomore Jack Kelly and senior Will Round, who split time a year ago. Kelly started nine games and is an athletic keeper, who posted a 9.30 goals against average and a 7-4 record. Round was a second team All-Ivy selection in 2012, and returns after posting a .571 save percentage.
Senior captain Phil Pierce is a two-year starter at close defense, who will anchor a young defensive unit that will feature junior Will Swindell, an outstanding man down defender, who had an outstanding fall, freshman long stick middy Larkin Kemp and freshman close defenseman Alec Tulett. A two-year starter, Pierce ranked 11th in the nation in caused turnovers as a sophomore and picked up 25 ground balls a year ago. Senior captains Dan Mellynchuk, a close defenseman, and man down specialist Peter Vivonetto will also provide leadership to the Bears' defensive unit.
Did you Know?: Brown is launching its 64th season of intercollegiate lacrosse…February 22nd is the second earliest start date ever for Brown lacrosse. The Bears opened the 2009 season at Lehigh on February 21st.
Watch Live: Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on BrownBears.TV. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages.
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. Tiffany occupies the Rothman Head Coaching Chair for Men's Lacrosse, an endowed position.
2014 Brown Lacrosse Schedule
2/22 Sat. at Quinnipiac 12 noon
3/1 Sat. UMASS 1 pm
3/5 Tue. HARTFORD 4 pm
3/8 Sat. vs Hobart @ Hofstra 4 pm
3/15 Sat. at Harvard 7 pm
3/19 Wed. at Bucknell 3:30 pm
3/22 Sat. PROVIDENCE 7 pm
3/25 Tue. at Marist 7 pm
3/29 Sat. PRINCETON 3 pm
4/5 Sat. at Penn 1 pm
4/11 Fri. YALE 7 pm
4/19 Sat. at Cornell 12 noon
4/22 Tue. BRYANT 7 pm
4/26 Sat. DARTMOUTH 2 pm
5/2- Fri.- Ivy League Tournament (TBA - Highest Seed)
5/4 Sun. Ivy League Tournament (TBA - Highest Seed)