Philadelphia, Pa. – Brown's magical run to the NCAA Final Four ended in overtime as the Bears fell to Maryland, 15-14, before a crowd of 33,137 at Lincoln Financial Field in the NCAA National Semifinals.
Trailing 14-10 midway through the fourth quarter, the Bears went on to score four unanswered goals to tie Maryland (14-14) with 1:49 left in regulation on a goal from senior Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY).
In overtime, Maryland gained possession out of the faceoff and scored the game-winner at 2:41 to advance to the National Championship.
"There were some tears in the locker room, certainly some smiles," said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany. "I cherish this team. Bottom line, we just didn't want this thing to ever end. We knew it had to end at some point this weekend. But we've had so much fun playing."
"I love this team. I use that word not haphazardly. The group, the effort, the commitment, you know, everyone works hard, but there's something different about this team, the emotional side of things."
Senior All-American Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY), who hadn't seen the field – playing or practice - since Brown's NCAA First Round win over Johns Hopkins two weeks ago, provided an early emotional list, scoring two goals, despite being hobbled throughout with his foot injury.
Senior middy Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) stepped up his game and scored four goals, tying his season-high.
Senior All-American goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY), made 14 saves in the game, including an impressive seven in the third quarter to keep Maryland from taking over. Kelly finishes his career as the program's all-time saves leader with 673 stops.
Maryland (17-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 1:17 into the start of the game on goals by Colin Heacock and Isaiah Davis-Allen.
Tills got the Bears (16-3) on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal at 11:39, but the Terps answered with goals by Matt Rambo and Dylan Maltz, to grab a 4-1 advantage.
The Bears needed an emotional lift and got it from Molloy. He inspired the Bears with a classic Molloy goal with 9:02 left in the quarter, igniting a 4-0 Brown run that gave Brown a 5-4 advantage after goals by seniors Will Gural (Haverford, PA), Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) and Tills.
A score by Maryland's Conner Kelly tied the game, 5-5, after one quarter.
Tills scored the opening goal of the second quarter for a 6-5 Brown lead, followed by a goal by Caputo with 10:27 remaining for a 7-5 advantage.
The Terps tied the score, 7-7, but All-American senior Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) scored on a pass from senior Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) to put Brown back up by two goals, 8-7.
Two goals by Maryland's Matt Dunn and Heacock, gave the Terrapins a 9-8 lead at intermission.
Maryland had the better of play in the third quarter, scoring the first three goals for a 12-8 advantage, before Tills scored his 21st goal of the season to cut the Terps' lead to 12-9 after three quarters.
Molloy open the fourth quarter with his 62nd goal of the season, cutting Maryland's lead to 12-10.
The Terrapins scored two quick goals to seemingly take control of the game, 14-10, with 9:27 left in the game.
Brown roared back with four-straight tallies to even the game at 14, and eventually force overtime by halting the Maryland offense on its last possession.
The Bears' initiated their scoring run with Tills registering his fourth of the contest at 6:13. Shortly after, Bellistri put in a score, for his 63rd of the season, setting a new Brown single-season record. At 4:55, Blynn scored his second tally of the game to pull the Bears within one of the Terps. Both teams remained off the board until Caputo also scored his second goal of the game at 1:49, knotting the score at 14-14.
In overtime, Maryland gained possession after the faceoff and a lengthy battle to secure the ground ball. After moving the ball around, Matt Rambo found Colin Heacock in front of the net for the game-winner at 2:41.
Brown concluded the year with the most wins in a season by a Bear team, posting 16, far surpassing the old mark of 13 victories by teams from 1966, 1991 and 1994.
For the game, the Bears edged Maryland in the ground ball battle, 39-37 but Terps held the overall shot advantage at 42-29.
Faceoff specialist Gural went 20-for-31 from the face-off x in the game, and picked up eight ground balls.
#5 Brown Falls In Overtime To #1 Maryland, 15-14, In NCAA National Semifinal