20th Ranked Bears Look To Rebounds Against Ohio State

20th Ranked Bears Look To Rebounds Against Ohio State

March 25, 2005

Providence, RI -

#20 Brown (2-1) vs. Ohio State (2-3)

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Erickson Athletic Complex; Providence, RI

1:00 p.m.

The Records: The 20th-ranked Bears are 2-1 overall following their first loss of the season, a 12-5 decision to #9 UMass. Brown had previously earned victories over Hofstra (10-2) and Quinnipiac (14-7). Ohio State is coming off a 15-2 win over Quinnipiac to extend its record to 2-3 overall. The Buckeyes have also beaten UMBC, 10-9, while losing to Penn State (9-7), Navy (11-5), and Hobart (9-6).

The Series Record: Brown and Ohio State will be meeting for the first time ever.

Welcome Back Joe: Ohio State head coach Joe Breschi will be returning to the Brown campus, where he served as an assistant lacrosse coach from 1993-1997. Breschi was a member of the Brown coaching staff in 1994 when the Bears advanced to the NCAA Final Four.

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, and 20th season as a collegiate head coach. His career record stands at 205-71.

Woodson On The Attack: Senior attackman Chazz Woodson has gotten off to a strong start, scoring six goals in Brown's first three games. He netted 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 last year's team with four game-winning goals, and scored a career high five goals against Fairfield.

Give Wailes An Assist: Junior middie Kyle Wailes is quickly becoming one of the top feeders in the nation. In Brown's first three games, Wailes has assists on 9 of Brown's 29 goals, while also scoring a goal. Last year, Wailes registered a team-leading 24 assists. His 3.0 assists per game is tops in the Ivy League.

Madeira Nets Hat-Trick: Sophomore attackman David Madeira is Brown's top goal scorer this season with seven goals, after registering a hat-trick against UMass last week.

Gentilesco In Goal: Junior goalie Nick Gentilesco came up big in Brown's first two games. He allowed just two goals against Hofstra, going the distance in Brown's opening game, while making 11 saves. He yielded two goals against Quinnipiac, making five saves in 30 minutes of action. Gentilesco's 6.40 goals against average leads the Ivy League.

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.

Buckley Nets Four: Sophomore attackman Alex Buckley scored a career high four goals in Brown's win over Quinnipiac. A two-time Ivy Rookie of the Week last year, Buckley scored 10 goals and handed out two assists in 2004.

Clarke Scores: Sophomore goalie Chandler Clarke (Lloyd Harbor, NY) entered the Quinnipiac game at the start of the second half, and immediately electrified the crowd with an end-to-end run, weaving through the Quinnipiac defense to score his first collegiate goal 1:25 into the third quarter. Clarke went on to make seven saves, while allowing five goals.

Facing Off: The face-off duties will once again be in the capable hands of senior midfielder Kirk Teatom, who has captured 37 of 54 (.685) face-offs so far this season, which leads the Ivy League. He's also picked up a team high 17 ground balls. Teatom won 118 of 218 face-offs last year and led the Bears with 54 ground balls.

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.

Bear Facts: Sophomore Will Davis picked up his first goal of the season, scoring a goal against UMass...Senior Britton Derkac is fourth in the Ivy League with 4.67 ground balls per game...Brown's 40 ground balls per game leads the Ivy League...The Bears are also the Ivy League leader in man-up scoring percentage, connecting on 8 of 16 (.500) man-up opportunities.

2005 Brown Men's Lacrosse Schedule

3/5 Sat. HOFSTRA W, 10-2

3/13 Sun. QUINNIPIAC W, 14-7

3/19 Sat. at UMass L, 12-5

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.

4/26 Wed. HARTFORD 7:00 p.m.

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

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

Head Coach: Scott Nelson