May 6, 2006
Providence, Rhode Island - If today's men's lacrosse game between Brown and Princeton is any indication, there isn't a big difference between the top and the bottom of the Ivy League.
Brown's frantic comeback bid came up a goal short in the last seconds as the Bears dropped a 6-5 decision to Princeton before a boisterous crowd of 2,650 at Stevenson Field. The win lifts the Tigers to a share of the Ivy League title and a 10-4 overall record, 5-1 in Ivy play. The Bears conclude their season with a 2-11 mark, 0-6 in the Ivy League.
Brown honored its nine seniors in a pre-game ceremony prior to making their last appearance at Stevenson Field. Brown's Class of 2006 includes: Rob Cotter, Grant Derkac, Ben Donoghue, James Faello, Nick Gentilesco Chris Kearney, Will McGettigan, Thomas Pitcher and Kyle Wailes.
The Bears and Tigers were tied 3-3 through three-plus quarters of play in a Titanic defensive battle. After Princeton's Bob Schneider game the Tigers a 1-0 lead after one quarter, Brown grabbed a 2-1 lead on second quarter goals by juniors Alex Buckley and David Madeira.
Princeton's Scott Sowanick tied the game, 2-2, with 11:46 left in the second quarter, but Brown senior Will McGettigan scored with 6:51 left in the quarter to lift the Bears to a 3-2 advantage. Mark Kovler's goal with just 19 seconds left in the half evened the score at 3-3.
Bears' senior goalie Nick Gentilesco was brilliant in a scoreless third quarter, making four of his 15 saves for the game to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard.
Princeton seemingly broke the game open with three fourth quarter goals, with Bob Schneider's goal at 13:27 giving the Tigers the lead for good, 4-3, followed with goals by Josh Lesko and Charlie Kolkin with 9:10 remaining.
Brown got back in the game on a goal by senior Kyle Wailes with 6:58 left to play on an assist from freshman Brady Williams. Junior Will Davis made it a one-goal game, 6-5, scoring with 2:25 remaining to play. The Bears had several possessions in the last two minutes, but couldn't convert the tying goal.
Gentilesco was peppered by 31 Princeton shots in making his 15 saves. Alex Hewitt made 6 saves in goal for the Tigers.