March 3, 2007
Providence,RI - Lars Tiffany's first win as head coach of Brown men's lacrosse was a big one, as the Bears (1-1) upset 14th-ranked Hofstra (1-1) on Saturday, 7-6, bolstered by a large crowd at the FieldTurf at Erickson Athletic Complex. Freshman Thomas Muldoon (Oakton, VA) led Brown with three goals, none bigger than his strike at 3:38 in the fourth quarter, which gave the Bears the lead for good. Sophomore goaltender Jordan Burke (Potomac, MD) made 10 saves, including a huge stop with two minutes remaining on a point-blank shot to preserve the win.
With Brown holding a 6-5 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Pride's Bill Peters scored at 13:43 to tie the game at six. After a ground ball pickup by freshman Jake Hardy (Framingham, MA) at 9:23 off of a Burke save, the Bears methodically worked the ball around for nearly six minutes, taking three shots in that span before senior Will Davis (Falls Church, VA) set up Muldoon, who fired a shot from the goalie's right that went into the top left corner.
After winning the following faceoff, Hofstra went on the attack. The Pride was able to find Anthony Muscarella for a one-on-one with Burke, and Muscarella launched a rocket that seemed destined for the back of the net. However, Burke got the head of his stick up over his right shoulder in time, knocking the ball down and then picking up the ground ball to start a successful clear.
The Bears never trailed in the contest, although Hofstra never let the lead get larger than two goals. Sophomore Kyle Hollingsworth (Darien, CT) had two goals, while Davis and sophomore Jack Walsh (Chevy Chase, MD) added one each. Freshman Zach Caldwell (Yarmouth, ME) and Davis had the Bears' two assists. While the shots were close, with Brown holding a 30-28 advantage, Bruno won the battle for loose balls, holding a 56-46 advantage on ground balls. Each team converted one extra-man opportunity in three attempts.
Brown will try to keep the momentum going next weekend, when the team travels across town for a renewal of its Renaissance City rivalry with Providence College.