May 3, 2009

Brown Lacrosse Earns NCAA Playoff Bid; Will Face Eighth Seeded Johns Hopkins in First Round

May 3, 2009

Providence, Rhode Island - The Brown men's lacrosse team has received an at-large berth in the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship for the first time since 1997, and will travel to Baltimore, Maryland to face Johns Hopkins on Saturday, May 9, starting at 12:00 noon at storied Homewood Field. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPNU. The Brown - Hopkins game is the only first round game in the tournament slated to air on ESPN2.

"We earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament and for this, the entire community of Brown Lacrosse alumni, parents and family is excited," said Bears head coach Lars Tiffany. "What excites me the most is the fact we have more time together as a team. I love these men. They pour their hearts out on the practice field and the game field. The men battle each other and then when the day is done, they walk off the field the tightest of friends... brothers. I am lucky to coach them."

Brown earned a berth in the NCAA Championship by virtue of a 12-3 record in 2009, just one win short of the school record, and wins over Cornell and UMass, both NCAA Tournament teams.

The Blue Jays posted a 9-4 record in 2009 with wins over NCAA Tournament teams UMBC, Hofstra, Maryland and Navy. Brown and Hopkins have not met since 1980.

The winner of this game faces the winner of Sunday's #1 Virginia vs. Villanova game in the quarterfinals at Navy on Sunday (May 17). The quarterfinals will also be televised on ESPNU.

In three years as head coach Brown, Tiffany, the 2008 New England Coach of the Year, has returned the Bears to national prominence. Brown will be making its 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament covering 16 previous games. The Bears were a Final Four team in 1994 and last appeared in the NCAA Championship in 1997, falling to Duke, 11-6 in a game played at Army.

Headlining the Bears is senior All-American goalie Jordan Burke, a finalist for the Tewaarton Award as the National Player of the Year, and a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award. Burke is the Ivy League leader in saves per game (12.57) and save percentage (.629), fourth best in the nation. Saturday's game will be a reunion for the Burke Family with Jordan's younger brother, Steven, a freshman back-up goalie for the Blue Jays.

Offensively, sophomore attackman Andrew Feinberg, the 2008 New England Rookie of the Year, is second in the Ivy League and seventh nationally in goals with 2.71 per game. Junior attackman Thomas Muldoon, who scored three goals in Saturday's game against Princeton, has scored 32 goals for the season. His 85 career goals rank 13th best in Brown lacrosse history, while his 112 career points are knocking at the door of Brown's top 25 career scorers.

Opening Round (May 9-10 at site of seeded team)

No. 1 Virginia vs. Villanova No. 8 Johns Hopkins vs. Brown

No. 4 Princeton vs. UMass No. 5 Cornell vs. Hofstra

No. 2 Syracuse vs. Siena No. 7 Notre Dame vs. Maryland

No. 3 Duke vs. Navy No. 6 North Carolina vs. UMBC.

Quarterrfinals May 16 at Hofstra Princeton/Umass winner vs. Cornell/Hofstra winner Syracuse/Siena winner vs. Notre Dame/Maryland winner

May 17 at Navy Virginia/Villanova winner vs. Hopkins/Brown winner Duke/Navy winner vs. North Carolina/UMBC winner

Final Four May 23-25 At Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.