Brown and #15 Penn Continue Battle For Ivy Playoff Berth

Brown and #15 Penn Continue Battle For Ivy Playoff Berth

Providence, R.I. – Brown got back in the thick of the Ivy League Playoff race with last week's win over Princeton and travels to Philadelphia for a key Ivy match-up against Penn on Saturday, April 5 at Franklin Field, starting at 1pm. The Bears, riding a three game winning streak, are third in the Ivy League standings and will face a #15 Penn team, who is coming off a win over #11 Yale.


The Bears: Brown (6-3, 1-1 Ivy) extended its winning streak to three games on the heels of an 11-10 win over Princeton last Saturday, the Bears' first win over the Tigers since 2008. Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly made 16 saves for the Bears and was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week.


The Quakers: Penn, ranked 15th nationally, is coming off a hard-fought 6-5 win over #11 Yale to improve to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in Ivy League play. The Quakers have earned wins over St. Joseph's (14-4), #6 Denver (12-10) and Villanova (12-11), with losses to #2 Duke (9-6), #15 Princeton (15-12) and #4 Cornell (17-9).


The Brown-Penn Series Record: Brown and Penn have met 51 times, dating back to 1927, with the Bears holding a 31-20 series advantage.  Last year, Penn came away with a 10-3 win over the Bears in Providence, while Brown captured the previous meeting in Philadelphia, 11-10, in 2012.


Kelly – Ivy League Player of the Week: Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) was named the Ivy League Player of the Week following back-to-back 16 save performances against Marist and Princeton, including 12 second half saves against the Tigers. Kelly is off a solid start to the 2014 season with impressive performances against Quinnipiac (18 saves), Hartford (16 saves), Hobart (10 saves), Marist (16 saves) and Princeton (16 saves).  Kelly leads the Ivy League and ranks fifth in the nation with 12.44 saves per game.  He also leads the Ivy League with a save percentage of .549. 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. 


Molloy -  Three-Time Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season after registering five points in two games last week. He had a goal and an assist in a 13-11 win at Marist on Tuesday and followed that up with two goals and an assist in Brown's win over Princeton on Saturday.  Molloy scored three goals, including the game-winning goal in the second overtime period, in Brown's 11-10 win over Providence. Molloy was also named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week 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 24 points (17 goals, 7 assists) are tied for the Brown team lead.

Hurster – Bears Top Scorer: Senior captain Sam Hurster leads the Brown team and ranks eighth in the Ivy League with 19 goals, while also adding five assists. He netted two goals in last week's win over Princeton. Hurster exploded for a career high six goals for the second time this season, scoring six goals vs. Marist, while taking just six shots.  Hurster netted 22 goals for the Bears a year ago.

Tills Scores Against Bucknell:  Sophomore attackman Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) scored a career high four goals against Bucknell.  Tills has scored nine goals and handed out six assists on the season.


Hat-Trick For Bellistri:  Bears' sophomore attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) registered a hat-trick in Brown's win over Princeton. He ranks third on the Brown team with 23 points, scoring 13 goals and handing out 10 assists.


Landis Gets an Assist:  Junior middy Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX) is Brown's team leader with 11 assists, eighth best in the Ivy League.  He has also scored five goals for the Bears.


Bear Facts:  Senior Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) leads the Bears with 40 ground balls. He captured 12 of his first 16 face-offs against Princeton…Brown ranks third in the Ivy League in face-off percentage, winning 113-of-224 face-offs (.504)… 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.  Schochet came off the bench to win 3-of-5 face-offs against Hartford… 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.


From The Midfield:  Sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and junior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) have been carrying the scoring load from the midfield. Caputo, who had two goals and two assists vs. Princeton, is Brown's fourth top scorer with 20 points (11 goals, 9 assists).  Jacob scored three goals in Brown's win over Marist, and has registered nine points (8 goals, 1 assist).


Defensive Unit:  Senior captain Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) is a two-year starter at close defense, who anchors a young defensive unit that features 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.  Kemp ranks second on the Brown team with 25 ground balls.


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 – April 5, 1995: Brown captured a 12-8 win over Yale to open its Ivy League season.  The Bears went on to win the Ivy title and earn an NCAA Playoff berth, posting a 10-6 overall record, including a 5-1 Ivy mark.


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.


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Next Game:  Brown returns home for a rare Friday evening contest next week, hosting Ivy rival Yale at Stevenson Field on April 11 at 7pm.