March 24, 2004
Providence, RI -
Brown (4-0) vs. Loyola (2-2) Saturday, March 27, 2004 Stevenson Field, Providence, RI 1:00 p.m.
The Records: Brown, ranked 16th nationally, captured its fourth straight win to open the season, going 4-0 for the first time since the 1991 season when the Bears posted a perfect 13-0 regular season. The Bears have earned wins over Sacred Heart (10-5), Vermont (9-8), Fairfield (12-7) and UMass (10-5). Loyola, ranked 10th in the nation, comes into Saturday's game with a 2-2 record following a 13-7 victory over Notre Dame.
Road Warriors: All of Brown's games this season have been played away from Providence. Last week's game vs. UMass was supposed to be played at home, but was switched to Cambridge, Mass. due to snow.
The Series Record: Brown and Loyola have met 18 times, dating back to 1966, with the series tied, 9-9. Loyola has won the last seven games, including a 16-8 decision last year at Curley Field. Brown's last win over the Greyhounds came in 1996 when the Bears earned a 13-12 victory.
Towers of Power: Senior tri-captain Charles Towers exploded for a career high five goals in Brown's win over UMass. Towers, who had scored two goals in each of Brown's first three games, is tied for the team lead in scoring with14 points (11 goals, 9 assists). He is the Ivy League's second leading goal scorer with 2.75 goals per game.
Top Gun: Junior Chazz Woodson, who netted one goal and one assist vs. UMass, is also tied for the team lead in scoring with eight goals and four assists (14 points). Woodson netted a career-high five-goals and handed out two assists vs. previously unbeaten Fairfield.
Shields Named To Ivy League Honor Roll: Freshman Bobby Shields has started all four games for the Bears defense this season. He sparked the Brown defense vs. UMass, drawing the assignment of its top scorer, Gene Tundo. Shields held Tundo to no points while the Bears' defense allowed just five goals against the 16th-ranked Minutemen. He also picked-up four ground balls for the Bears and was named to the Ivy League's weekly honor roll.
Bear Facts: Freshman attackman David Madeira, who scored Brown's first goal vs. UMass, has started all five games for the Bears, netting five goals... Sophomore attackman Kyle Wailes scored one goal and handed out three assists in Brown's win over UMass on Saturday. He leads the Ivy League with 3.0 assists per game... Freshman midfielder Alex Buckley was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week two weeks ago after scoring three goals, including the game-winner, against Fairfield. He added a goal last week vs. UMass.
Levin In Goal: Bears' senior goalie Mike Levin looks to be returning to the form of two years ago when he was a first team All-Ivy selection and honorable mention All-American. Levin's 6.25 goals against average leads the Ivy League, while his .603 save percentage ranks second in the league.
Mucciolo In The Scoring Column: Junior attackman Chris Mucciolo, Brown's leading returning scorer from 2003, has picked-up where he left off last year. Mucciolo has netted 7 goals and three assists to rank third on this year's team.
Transfer Makes The Grade: The Bears defense has been buoyed by the addition of junior Reece Pacheco, a transfer from Bucknell. Pacheco was a two-year starter for the Bison.
Brown's Probable Starters:
Attack 24 Chazz Woodson Attack 43 Charles Towers Attack 44 David Madeira Midfield 1 Chris Mucciolo Midfield 9 Britton Derkac Midfield 13 Alex Buckley Defense 19 Bobby Shields Defense 28 James Faello Defense 42 Reece Pacheco Goal 11 Mike Levin Face-Offs 21 Kirk Teatom
Inside Lacrosse Division I Media Poll - March 22, 2004
Place School (First Place Votes) Rec. Points LW 1 Johns Hopkins (14) 5-0 299 1 2 Maryland (1) 5-0 286 2 3 Princeton 3-1 255 4 4 North Carolina 5-1 249 7 5 Syracuse 3-1 253 3 6 Georgetown 4-1 226 8 7 Duke 4-2 202 6 8 Rutgers 4-1 184 5 8t Navy 5-1 184 11 10 Loyola 2-2 161 14 11 Army 4-1 159 14 12 Cornell 3-1 134 12 13 Hofstra 2-3 125 10 14 Virginia 2-4 100 17 15 Notre Dame 1-3 74 9 16 UMBC 2-2 71 18 17 Brown 4-0 65 NR 18 Towson 1-3 59 19 19 Denver 3-2 52 13 20 Dartmouth 3-1 29 NR
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Ohio State 28, Harvard 26, Yale 24, Delaware 21, Penn State 14, Air Force 11, UMass 9, Penn 1