Ithaca, N.Y. - The #3 Brown men's lacrosse team clinched its second straight Ivy League title and the number one seed in the Ivy League Tournament with a 22-5 win over Cornell at Schoellkopf Field Saturday afternoon. Four Brown players scored three or more goals, led by senior attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) with four goals.
The win gives the Bears (12-1, 5-0 Ivy) the top seed in the Ivy League Tournament, which will be played at Stevenson-Pincince Field on the Brown campus, May 6, and 8.
Brown, the nation's highest scoring team, can post an unbeaten Ivy season and claim the outright Ivy League title with a home victory over Dartmouth on Wednesday evening, April 27.
Junior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY), the nation's leader in points and assists, posted six points on the afternoon with three goals and three assists. He has registered points in 32 consecutive games for the Bears.
Bellistri added two assists to go with his four goals. Senior middy Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and senior attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) each scored three goals, with Blynn added two assists for five points, and Caputo adding one assist for four points.
Bears' All-American goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) was once again brilliant in goal, making nine of his 12 saves in the first half to help Brown build a 10-3 halftime advantage.
The Bears outshot the Big Red by a 55-31 margin and had a 44-38 advantage in ground balls.
The Bears opened up a 3-0 lead in the first 3:19 of the game on goals by senior middy Matt Graham (Amityville, NY), Caputo and Blynn.
Cornell's Anthony Teixeira got the Big Red on the scoreboard, but the Bears answered with goals by Blynn, Molloy and sophomore LSM Jake Miller (Hartland, WI) on a pass from All-American LSM Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) to grab a 6-1 lead after one quarter.
Blynn scored again for the Bears for a 7-1 Brown lead, but Cornell came back with a goal by Colton Rupp with 11:39 left in the second quarter to trail 7-2.
Bellistri scored twice, sandwiched around a Molloy behind-the-back goal, to lift the Bears to a 10-3 advantage with 6:25 left in the half. Big Red attackman Jordan Dowiak scored with 2:47 left to cut Brown's lead to 10-3 at the half.
A goal by Cornell's Kason Tarbell to open the second half pulled the Big Red to within six goals, 10-4, but Brown flexed its offensive muscles once again, getting two more goals from Bellistri and one each by Caputo and Lucchese to open a 14-4 lead after three quarters.
While Tarbell opened the scoring in the fourth quarter for Cornell, eight straight goals by Brown to end the game lifted the Bears to a 22-5 advantage.
#3 Brown will wrap-up its Ivy League season at home on Wednesday, April 27, hosting Dartmouth at Stevenson-Pincince Field at 7:00 pm. It's Senior Day for Brown's 10 seniors, who will be honored in pre-game ceremonies: Kylor Bellistri, Henry Blynn, Brendan Caputo, Matt Graham, Will Gural, Jack Kelly, James Lawrence, Todd Stewart, Bailey Tills and John Yozzo-Scaperrotta.
- With six points vs. Cornell (4 goals, 2 assists) senior Kylor Bellistri moved into 16th place on Brown's all-tie scoring list with 144 career points (105 goals, 39 assists).
- Senior Henry Blynn had three goals and two assists to move into 21st place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 133 points (99 goals, 34 assists).
- Brown's 22 goals are the most for the season and the highest output since netting 22 goals vs. Michigan and Manhattan in 2015.