Bears Host #15 Bryant In The Battle For The Ocean State Cup

Bears Host #15 Bryant In The Battle For The Ocean State Cup

Providence, R.I. – The Ocean State Cup will be on the line when Brown hosts intrastate rival Bryant on Tuesday evening, April 22 at Stevenson Field, as the two teams battle for Rhode Island Division I lacrosse supremacy. All the action starts at 7pm.


The Bears: Brown (6-6, 1-4 Ivy) dropped a 14-9 Ivy League decision to #11 Cornell on Saturday, despite getting three goals by freshman Dylan Molloy.


The Bulldogs: Bryant, ranked 15th nationally, is coming off a 13-6 win over Robert Morris to extend its record to 11-3 overall. The Bulldogs feature the nation's top face-off man, Kevin Massa, who leads the nation in face-off percentage (71-percent) after winning 202-of-286 face-offs.


The Brown-Bryant Series Record: Brown and Bryant have met five times, dating back to 2009, with the Bears holding a 3-2 series advantage. Coach Lars Tiffany's team earned an 8-7 win over the Bulldogs last season on Brendan Caputo's goal with 37 seconds remaining to claim the Ocean State Cup. In 2012, Bryant posted a 10-9 decision in Providence.  


Hurster – Bears' Top Goal Scorer: Senior captain Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) leads the Brown team and ranks ninth in the Ivy League with 22 goals, while also adding five assists. He netted two goals in a win over Princeton and against 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), who scored three goals in last week's game against Cornell,  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 29 points (20 goals, 9 assists) lead the Brown squad.


Kelly – Ninth Nationally In Saves: Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) leads the Ivy League and ranks ninth in the nation with 10.92 saves per game. 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 Faces-Off For The Bears: Senior Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) has captured 84-of-161 face-off attempts (.522). His 48 ground balls lead 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 11 goals and handed out eight assists on the season for 19 points, sixth best on the Brown team.


Bellistri Ranks Second In Scoring:  Bears' sophomore attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) ranks second on the Brown team with 28 points, scoring 18 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, 10th best in the Ivy League.  He has also scored eight goals for the Bears for 21 points, fifth best on the Brown team.


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 fourth top scorer with 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists).  He netted two goals against Yale. Jacob scored three goals in Brown's win over Marist, and has registered 10 points (8 goals, 2 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 39 ground balls and ranks second in the Ivy League with 20 caused turnovers, 21st 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.


Watch Live: Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on BrownBears.TV as part of the Ivy League Digital Network. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages.


Next Game:  Brown closes out its 2014 season on Saturday, April 26, hosting Dartmouth at Stevenson.  It's Senior Day, with eight Brown seniors Tommy Capone, Stephen Chmil, Sam Hurster, Daniel Mellynchuk, Philip Pierce, Will Round, Peter Vivonetto and Brady Williams being honored in pre-game ceremonies.


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                    9-14, L

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)