Bears Travel To Ithaca, NY To Battle #12 Cornell
Providence, R.I. – Brown looks to keep its Ivy Playoff hopes alive against 12th-ranked Cornell on Saturday, April 19 at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, NY. Coming off a tough 7-6 overtime loss to Yale, the Bears need a win to stay in the mix for the top four teams in the Ivy League standings and a berth in the league playoffs.
The Bears: Brown (6-5, 1-3 Ivy) fell behind Yale early last week, trailing 6-2 at the half, but stormed back to send the game into overtime, 6-6, shutting-out the Bulldogs in the second half. Sophomore Kylor Bellistri's goal with 1:15 left in regulation sent the game into overtime. Yale captured the overtime face-off and scored early in the extra period.
The Big Red: Cornell (9-3, 3-1 Ivy) has fallen from second to 12th in the national rankings after losing its last three games to Harvard, Syracuse and Hofstra (10-9 ot). The Big Red opened the season with nine straight wins over Hobart, Binghamton, Michigan, Canisius, Virginia, Yale, Colgate, Penn and Dartmouth.
The Brown-Cornell Series Record: Brown and Cornell have met 53 times, dating back to 1964, with the Big Red holding a 35-18 series advantage over the Bears. Cornell earned a 13-7 win over the Bears last year in Providence. Brown has won the last two regular season games played in Ithaca, NY, including a 10-9 victory in 2012.
Hurster – Bears' Top Goal Scorer: Senior captain Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) leads the Brown team and ranks eighth in the Ivy League with 21 goals, while also adding five assists. He netted two goals in a win over Princeton and last week vs. Penn. Hurster exploded for a career high six goals for the second time this season, scoring six goals vs. Marist, while taking just six shots. He netted 22 goals for the Bears a year ago.
Molloy - Three-Time Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) is a three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Most recently, he earned Ivy rookie honors after registering five points in games vs. Marist and Princeton. He had a goal and an assist in a 13-11 win at Marist and followed that up with two goals and an assist in Brown's win over Princeton. 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 25 points (17 goals, 8 assists) are third on the Brown squad.
Kelly – Seventh Nationally In Saves: Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) leads the Ivy League and ranks seventh in the nation with 11.82 saves per game. He also leads the Ivy League with a save percentage of .544, 17th best in the nation. Kelly 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. He has turned in impressive performances against Quinnipiac (18 saves), Hartford (16 saves), Hobart (10 saves), Marist (16 saves) and Princeton (16 saves). 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.
Capone Third In Ivy Face-Offs: Senior Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) ranks third in the Ivy League in face-off percentage (.536), winning 82-of-153 face-off attempts. His 47 ground balls leads the Brown team. Capone captured 12 of his first 16 face-offs against Princeton, and 13-of-20 face-offs vs. Penn. He picked up a career high nine ground balls against Bucknell and had seven ground balls vs. Princeton.
Tills Scores Against Bucknell: Sophomore attackman Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) scored a career high four goals against Bucknell. Tills has scored 10 goals and handed out eight assists on the season for 18 points, sixth best on the Brown team.
Bellistri Leads All Brown Scorers: Bears' sophomore attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) leads the Brown team lead with 27 points, scoring 17 goals and handing out 10 assists. He has come on strong in the second half of the season and registered back-to-back three goal games against Princeton and Penn.
Landis Gets an Assist: Junior middy Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX) is Brown's team leader with 13 assists, eighth best in the Ivy League. He has also scored eight goals for the Bears.
Caputo and Jacob Lead 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 third top scorer with 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists). He netted two goals in last week's game against Yale. 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), a two-year starter at close defense, anchors a young defensive unit that features junior Will Swindell (Greenwich, CT), an outstanding man down defender, 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 34 ground balls and leads the Ivy League with 19 caused turnovers, 16th best in the nation.
Bear Facts: 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.
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.
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 hosts Bryant on Tuesday, April 22 in the battle for the Ocean State Cup at Stevenson Field, starting at 7pm.
2014 Brown Lacrosse Schedule
2/22 Sat. at Quinnipiac 13-6, W
3/1 Sat. UMASS 2-15, L
3/5 Tue. HARTFORD 12-7, W
3/8 Sat. vs Hobart @ Hofstra 13-10, W
3/15 Sat. at Harvard 10-16, L
3/19 Wed. at Bucknell 8-13, L
3/22 Sat. PROVIDENCE 12-11, W 2ot
3/25 Tue. at Marist 13-11, W
3/29 Sat. PRINCETON 11-10, W
4/5 Sat. at Penn 8-10, L
4/11 Fri. YALE 6-7, L ot
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)