Brown Opens 2005 Men's Lacrosse Season Against Hofstra

March 3, 2005

Providence, RI -

#19 Brown (0-0) vs. #25 Hofstra (0-1)
Saturday, March 5, 1005
Erickson Athletic Complex - Field Turf
Providence, RI
1:00 p.m.

National Rankings: The Bears, who posted a 9-5 overall record last year, are ranked 19th in the USILA Pre-Season Poll, while Hofstra is ranked 25th nationally.

Season Opener: Brown began playing lacrosse in 1926, and will be opening its 57th season of intercollegiate lacrosse. The Bears fielded a varsity team from 1926 to 1937, and 1961 to the present. Hofstra opened its season last Saturday, dropping a 12-7 decision to UMass.

Where The Game Is Played: Saturday's game against Hofstra is being played on Brown's new, and still unnamed, Field Turf playing surface, located behind the Olney Margolies Athletic Center and adjacent to Stevenson Field in the Erickson Athletic Complex. Brown is scheduled to play all of its games at Stevenson field, but will move to the new field in adverse weather conditions.

The Series Record: Brown and Hofstra have met 18 times, dating back to 1976, with the series tied, 9-9. The two teams have not met since the 1999 season when the Flying Dutchmen came away with an 11-9 win. Brown's last victory came in 1996 when the Bears earned a 16-7 win.

Returning All-Ivy Players: The Bears return four All-Ivy players to the lineup and nine of 10 starters. Coach Scott Nelson's team returns attackman Chazz Woodson '05, a second team All-Ivy selection, midfielders Chris Mucciolo '05 and Britton Derkac '05, and defenseman Bobby Shields '07, who were honorable mention All-Ivy selections. The only starter to graduate was All-American goalie Mike Levin.

Nelson At The Helm: Head coach Scott Nelson, the 2004 New England Coach of the Year and winner of over 200 career games, is entering his fifth season as coach of the Bears.

Woodson Leads Attack: Senior attackman Chazz Woodson netted a career high 32 goals in 2004, second best in the Ivy League. An All-New England selection, his 48 total points were also second among all Ivy League players. Woodson led this year's team with four game-winning goals, and scored a career high five goals against Fairfield.

2005 Season Dedicated To Ricky Whelan: The Brown lacrosse team has dedicated the 2005 season to former teammate Ricky Whelan '04, who passed away in January. Whelan was a four-year player for the Bears, who won the 2004 Brown Unsung Hero Award.

Growing Up: The Bears will rely heavily on several sophomores, who earned starting roles a year ago. Three different Brown players - defenseman Bobby Shields, middie Alex Buckley, and attackman David Madeira - earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors in 2004.

Facing Off: The face-off duties will once again be in the capable hands of senior midfielder Kirk Teatom, who captured 118 of 218 face-offs last year and led the Bears with 54 ground balls.

Top Middies: Seniors Chris Mucciolo and Britton Derkac will headline the m idfield once again. Mucciolo was Brown's second leading scorer last year with 20 goals, and ranked third in overall scoring with 24 points. He equaled his career high with four goals against Sacred Heart, and added three goals against Syracuse. Drekac started all 14 games in the Brown midfield, registering 12 goals, third best on this year's team. He netted his first career hat-trick against Princeton, scoring three goals against the Tigers

Staunch Defense: Coach Scott Nelson's team features an experienced defense, led by sophomore Bobby Shields, an impact player for the Bears from the moment he stepped onto the field, starting all 14 games as a first-year defensive player. Shields, whose 35 ground balls were fourth on the Brown team, was matched-up against the opposition's top scorer all season. The Bears defense also returns starters Reece Pacheco '05, Dan Spinosa '05, and junior James Faello '06.

2005 Brown Men's Lacrosse Schedule

3/5 Sat. HOFSTRA 1:00 p.m.

3/9 Wed. HARTFORD 3:00 p.m.

3/12 Sat. QUINNIPIAC 1:00 p.m.

3/19 Sat. at UMass 3:00 p.m.

3/26 Sat. OHIO STATE 1:00 p.m.

4/2 Sat. at Syracuse 4:00 p.m.

4/9 Sat. YALE 2:00 p.m.

4/12 Tue. at Harvard 7:00 p.m.

4/16 Sat. PENN 1:00 p.m.

4/23 Sat. at Dartmouth 12:00 p.m.

4/30 Sat. CORNELL 1:00 p.m.

5/7 Sat. at Princeton 1:00 p.m.

Head Coach: Scott Nelson