Laxers To Battle Defending National Champion Syracuse
March 30, 2005
#18 Brown (3-1) vs. #8 Syracuse (3-3)
Saturday, April 2, 2005
Carrier Dome; Syracuse, New York
The Records: The 18th-ranked Bears are 3-1 overall following a 10-8 victory over Ohio State last Saturday. Brown had previously earned victories over Hofstra (10-2) and Quinnipiac (14-7), while losing to UMass (12-5). Ohio State is coming off a 15-2 win over Quinnipiac to extend its record to 2-3 overall. The Orangemen are coming off a xx-xx win over Hobart to even their record at 3-3 for the season. Syracuse has also beaten Army (9-4) and Princeton (10-8), while losing to Virginia (12-11), Georgetown (10-7) and Johns Hopkins (12-11 ot).
The Series Record: Brown and Syracuse will be meeting for the 18th time, dating back to 1986, with the Orangemen holding a 16-1 series advantage. Syracuse has won the last seven meetings, including a 13-6 decision last year in Providence. Brown's lone win over the Orangemen came in 1997, when the Bears earned a 20-12 victory at the Carrier Dome.
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 206-71.
Woodson On The Attack: Senior attackman Chazz Woodson, who scored three goals in Brown's win over Ohio State last week, has gotten off to a strong start, scoring nine goals in Brown's first four 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 four games, Wailes has assists on 12 of Brown's 39 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 tied for the team lead and ranks second in the Ivy League in goals with nine for the season. He registered a hat-trick against UMass, and netted two goals against Ohio State.
Gentilesco Makes Career High 19 Saves: Junior goalie Nick Gentilesco came up big when Brown needed him last week, making a career high 19 saves against Ohio State, including six in the first quarter when the Buckeyes peppered the net with nine shots on goal. He allowed just two goals against Hofstra, going the distance in Brown's opening game, while making 11 saves, and yielded two goals against Quinnipiac, making five saves in just 30 minutes of action. Gentilesco's 6.86 goals against average and .631 save percentage 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.
Derkac Picks It Up: Senior Britton Derkac is fourth in the Ivy League with 4.50 ground balls per game. He is Brown's fourth leading scorer witheight points (6 goals, 2 assists).
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: Senior midfielder Kirk Teatom has captured an Ivy League leading 44 of 70 (.629) face-offs. He's also picked up 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, James Faello '06, and Rob Cotter `05.
Bear Facts: Brown's game against Hartford, postponed earlier this year due to inclement weather, will be made up on Tuesday, April 26th at Stevenson Field, starting at 7:00 p.m....Sophomore Will Davis picked up his first goal of the season, scoring a goal against UMass... Brown's 39.5 ground balls per game leads the Ivy League...The Bears are also the Ivy League leader in man-up scoring percentage, connecting on 9 of 20 (.450) 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 W, 10-8
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 Tue. 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