Brown Battles Cross-Town Rival Providence In Ocean State Cup
Providence, R.I. – Brown returns home on Saturday, March 22 to host Providence College in the opening game of the Ocean State Cup at Stevenson Field. The Bears and Friars will face-off for the 20th time at 7pm and Brown fans can watch live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Bears: Brown looks to rebound against the Friars after dropping a midweek match-up at Bucknell on Wednesday to fall to 3-3 on the season. The Bears have earned wins over Quinnipiac and Hartford, with losses to UMass and Harvard.
The Friars: Providence (3-4) is coming off a 12-6 loss to Rutgers last Saturday. The Frairs have earned wins over Vermont (8-6), Boston U. (10-7), and Fairfield (14-11), with losses to Quinnipiac (16-9), Sacred Heart (11-10) and UMass (16-11).
The Brown-PC Series Record: Brown and Providence have met 19 times, dating back to 1989, with the Bears holding a 19-0 series advantage over the Friars. Last year, Brown earned a hard fought 7-6 win over the Friars behind Will Round's 13 saves.
The Ocean State Cup: Brown's defense of the Ocean State Cup starts Saturday with the Bears hosting PC in the battle for Rhode Island bragging rights. Rhode Island's three Division I schools – Brown, Providence and Bryant – each play each other in a round robin competition to determine the Ocean State Cup Champion. The Bears and Bryant face each other on April 22 at Stevenson Field, while the Friars and Bulldogs play on March 25 on the PC campus.
Tills Scores Against Bucknell: Sophomore attackman Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) netted a career high four goals against Buckell. Tills is Brown's third leading goal scorer with eight goals.
Hurster on The Attack: Senior captain Sam Hurster, who netted 22 goals a year ago, is Brown's second leading scorer with 16 points (10 goals and 6 assists). He exploded for a career high six goals in Brown's win over Hartford.
Bear Facts: Junior Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX), sophomore Will Gural (Haverford, PA), freshman Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT), and freshman JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) each scored their first career goals in Brown's win over Hobart…Senior Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) leads the Bears with 26 ground balls…Brown ranks second in the Ivy League in face-off percentage, winning 82-of-146 face-offs (.562)… Junior Jordan Schochet (Plano, TX) stepped up in a big way against Hobart by capturing 19-of-23 face-offs to give the Bears a 20-27 overall advantage in the face-off x. He also scored his first career goal against the Statesmen. Schocket came off the bench to win 3-of-5 face-offs against Hartford.
From The Midfield: Sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and junior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) have been carrying the scoring load from the midfield, with Caputo registering six goals and six assists, and Jacob netting five goals.
Molloy Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week For Second Time: Freshman attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after scoring four goals in Brown's win over Hartford, and netting three goals and picking up seven ground balls in a victory over Hobart. His 11 goals lead the Brown team.
Kelly Leads Ivy League In Save Percentage: Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) is off to a solid start to the 2014 season with impressive performances against Quinnipiac (18 saves), Hartford (16 saves) and Hobart (10 saves). He ranks second in the Ivy League with a save percentage of .531, and has posted a 11.48 goals against average. Kelly started nine games for the Bears a year ago and is an athletic keeper, who posted a 9.30 goals against average and a 7-4 record.
Attack Reshuffle: With injuries to last year's top scorer Henry Blynn '16 and fourth leading scorer, Nick Piroli '15, head coach Lars Tiffany has reshuffled his lineup at attack. Joining Sam Hurster and Dylan Molloy on attack are sophomore Kylor Bellistri, Brown's leading point scorer with seven goals and eight assists, and sophomore Bailey Tills, who has eight goals and two assists.
Defensive Unit: Senior captain Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) is a two-year starter at close defense, who will anchor a young defensive unit that will feature junior Will Swindell (Greenwich, CT), an outstanding man down defender, who had an outstanding fall, freshman long stick middy Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) and freshman close defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). 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.
Did you Know?: Brown is competing in its 64th season of intercollegiate lacrosse…Brown's February 22nd game vs. Quinnipiac was the second earliest start date ever for Brown lacrosse. The Bears opened the 2009 season at Lehigh on February 21st.
This Date In Brown Lacrosse History – March 22, 2008: Brown's 2008 Ivy League Championship team posted a 9-5 win over Dartmouth at Stevenson Field. Jordan Burke '09 made 17 saves, while Thomas Muldoon '10 and Zach Caldwell '10 netted two goals each. The Bears finished the 2008 season with an 11-3 mark, 5-1 in the Ivy League.
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.
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.
Next Game: Brown will stay in the region for Spring Break and travels to Poughkeepsie, New York on Tuesday, March 25 to face Marist College. Face-off is 7:00 pm.