April 5, 2006

Brown Laxers Open Ivy Season Saturday At Yale

April 5, 2006

Providence, RI - After traveling in the Midwest for games against Ohio State and Notre Dame, the Brown men's lacrosse team returns to the Northeast to open its Ivy League season on Saturday, April 8th against the Yale Bulldogs in New Haven, Conn. Game time is 1:00 p.m.

Brown vs. Yale - The Series Record: Brown and Yale have met 50 times, dating back to 1927, with the Bears holding a 32-17-1 series advantage over the Bulldogs. The two teams have exchanged one-goal victories in the last two years, with Yale taking a 12-11 decision in 2005, and Brown earning a 12-11 victory in 2004. The Bears have won the last four games against the Elis in New Haven.

Brown's Record: The Bears, who feature the eighth toughest schedule in the nation according to laxpower.com, have posted a 2-5 record with wins over Hartford (13-3), and Bellarmine (9-6), and losses to #17 UMBC (6-4), #4 Hofstra (13-3), #7 UMass (13-9), Ohio State (9-7), and #11 Notre Dame (11-5).

Buckley Helps Bears Attack: Junior Alex Buckley, Brown's fifth leading scorer last year with 20 points (15 goals, 5 assists), returned to the lineup vs. UMass after missing most of the Bears first four games due to injury. Buckley had three goals and two assists against the Minutemen, added a goal vs. Ohio State, and had two goals and one assist vs. Notre Dame in being named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll.

McGettigan Leads the Offense: Senior Will McGettigan is off to a solid start to the 2006 season, leading the Bears with 16 points (12 goals, 4 assists). He exploded for a career high four goals and captured 12 of 15 face-offs to lead the Bears over Bellarmine. For the season, McGettigan has captured 39 of 70 (.557) face-offs and picked-up a team high 16 ground balls.

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 sixth season as coach of the Bears and 21st season overall. His career record stands at 211-81.

Captains: Senior captains Rob Cotter (13 ground balls) and James Faello (15 ground balls) were mainstays of the Brown defense a year ago, helping to hold opponents to just 9.42 goals per game. Senior captain Grant Derkac (15 ground balls) is Brown's top defensive middie. Senior captain Will McGettigan is Brown's top scorer (12 goals, 4 assists) and top face-off man (39-70).

Gentilesco In Goal: Senior Nick Gentilesco has been solid in goal for the Bears, posting an 8.98 goals against average. He has made 70 saves, while allowing 62 goals (.530), playing 414 of Brown's 420 total minutes.

Bear Facts: The Bears have out-shot their opponents by a 228-206 margin...Brown is clearing at an 80-percent rate (122 of 152)...Senior Kyle Wailes has moved from the midfield to attack and scored 10 goals, while handing out four assists...Junior David Madeira netted two goals and handed out an assist vs. Ohio State. He is Brown's second leading goal scorer (10)...Freshman attackman Jack Walsh is Brown's top freshman scorer with five points (3 goals, 2 assists). Freshman Nic Bell is close behind with 2 goals and 2 assists...Junior middie Pat Ryan is tied for the team lead with 16 ground balls.

Bears vs. #11 Notre Dame (3-29-06): Freshman Ryan Hoff scored three goals and senior Matt Karweck added two goals to lead the 11th ranked Notre Dame men's lacrosse team to a 11-5 win over Brown at Moose Krause Stadium.

Despite out-shooting the Fighting Irish by a 14-10 first quarter margin, Brown fell behind, 2-0, after one quarter before senior Kyle Wailes (Toronto, Canada) scored on a pass from junior David Madeira (Norwich, VT) early in the second quarter (14:01) to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Irish scored four straight goals to grab a 6-1 lead at the half, and scored the first goal of the third quarter to lead by a 7-1 margin. Brown junior Michael Bernard (Upper Arlington, OH) scored his second goal of the season with junior Alex Buckley (Ridgewood, NJ) assisting, to cut the lead to 7-2 with 4:59 left in the third quarter.

Notre Dame opened a 10-2 fourth quarter before Buckley scored for the Bears with 12:20 remaining to pull to within 10-3 of the Irish. After an Irish goal made it 11-3, Buckley netted his second goal of the game with 7:30 left to play, and Bears' senior Will McGettigan (North Portsmouth, VA) scored with 32 seconds remaining to make the final, 11-5.

Senior Nick Gentilesco (Setauket, NY) made 13 saves in goal for the Bears.