Providence, R.I. – The defending Ivy League Champion Brown men's lacrosse team (2-3, 1-0 Ivy) built a six-goal halftime lead and cruised to a 13-8 win over Harvard (4-2, 0-1 Ivy) in the Ivy League opener for both teams at Stevenson-Pincince Field. Brown senior Tewaaraton Award winner Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) and junior midfielder Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA) scored three goals each to lead the Bears.
"This was a players' day," said Brown head coach Mike Daly. "We stepped up in a big league game and these guys made plays all day. Our defense has been taking their lumps this season, but was spectacular today. I'm proud of these guys."
With three goals and an assist, Molloy moved into 19th place all-time in NCAA Division I career scoring with 275 points, while his 170 career goals are 20th in the NCAA record book.
Ten of Brown's 13 goals came from the midfield and long stick units, led by Hudak's three goals and one assist. Senior middy Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) had two goals, while sophomore middies Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) and Carson Song (Charlotte, NC), along with senior long stick middy Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) and senior defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario) adding one goal each.
Bears' freshman goalie Phil Goss (San Francisco, CA) turned in a yeoman's performance, making 11 saves. Brown's defense also stepped up with the Bears forcing 26 Harvard turnovers, led by junior JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) with three forced turnovers and five ground balls.
Morgan Cheeks paced the Crimson with three goals and two assists. Robert Shaw turned in a strong performance in goal for Harvard, making 13 saves.
The Bears took control from the outset, dominating the opening quarter after Harvard took an early 1-0 lead. Goals by Graham, Kemp and Panepinto lifted the Bears to a 3-1 advantage at the 9:05 mark.
Ryan Graff cut Brown's lead to 3-2, but goals by Hudak, Collins and Molloy gave the Bears a 6-1 lead after one quarter.
Cheek's goal at the 9:42 mark of the second quarter cut the Bears' lead to 6-3. Brown answered with four straight goals with Hudak scoring twice and Molloy and Song once each to build a 10-3 advantage with 1:33 left in the half. A late goal by Cheeks allowed the Crimson to cut Brown's lead to 10-4 at the half.
While the Bears didn't score in the third quarter, their defense limited the Crimson to just one goal, with Joe Lang scoring for Harvard with 4:29 left in the quarter.
Neither team had an advantage in the final quarter with both Brown and Harvard exchanging goals the rest of the way.
The Bears are back in action again Tuesday evening, March 21, hosting Holy Cross in non-league action. Face-off is 7:00 pm at Stevenson-Pincince Field.