May 7, 2009

Brown And Johns Hopkins Face-Off In NCAA First Round On Saturday

May 7, 2009

Baltimore, MD - Brown returns to the NCAA Division I Men's lacrosse Championship for the first time in 12 years to face perennial lacrosse power Johns Hopkins on Saturday, May 9 in the opening round at the Blue Jays' Homewood Field. Face-off is 12:06 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPNU.

Brown In The NCAA's: 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. The Bears have made previously NCAA Tournament appearances in 1971, 1973, 1976, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1997.

Brown's Record: 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, including wins over Cornell and UMass, both NCAA Tournament teams. The 1966, 1991 and 1994 Brown teams won a school-record 13 games, while the 1985 and 1992 teams also won 12 games.

Johns Hopkins: The Blue Jays posted a 9-4 record in 2009 with wins over NCAA Tournament teams UMBC, Hofstra, Maryland and Navy.

The Brown-Hopkins Series Record: It's been 29 years since Brown and Hopkins have played, with Blue Jays having the better of play, holding a 9-1 series advantage. Brown's lone win over Hopkins came in 1971, an 11-8 win for the Bears. Brown and Johns Hopkins have not met since 1980.

Bears Earn All-Ivy Honors/Burke Repeats As Ivy League Player of the Year: Brown senior All-American goalie Jordan Burke (Potomac, MD) has been named the Ivy League Player of the Year for the second straight season after leading the Bears to their first NCAA Playoff appearance in 12 years. Joining Burke as First Team All-Ivy selections are junior attackman Thomas Muldoon (Oakton, VA) and sophomore defenseman Peter Fallon (Baltimore, MD). Sophomore attackman Andrew Feinberg (Owing Mills, MD) and was named a second team All-Ivy selection, while senior midfielder Brady Williams (Columbus, OH) earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors.

Jordan Burke Named Ivy Player of the Year and Finalist For Tewaarton Award and Lowe's Senior Class Award: Senior All-American goalie Jordan Burke (Potomac, MD) etched his name into Ivy League Lacrosse history as the first player in the illustrious history of Ivy League men's lacrosse to win back-to-back Player of the Year awards. He is the third two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, joining Cornell's Eamon McEneaney, who was named in 1975 and 1977, and Princeton's Ryan Doyle, who was selected in 2002 and 2004. Burke was a finalist for both the Tewaarton Award as the National Player of the Year, and the Lowe's Senior Class Award for achievement on the field, in the classroom and in the community. A second team USILA All-American in 2008, Burke is the Ivy League leader in saves per game (12.33) and save percentage (.617), fifth best in the nation. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time after making 18 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter, in Brown's 11-9 win over #2 Cornell. 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.

Top Gun: Sophomore attackman Andrew Feinberg (Owing Mills, MD), a 2009 second team All-Ivy selection and the 2008 New England Rookie of the Year, is second in the Ivy League and seventh nationally in goals with 2.67 per game. His 40 total goals lead the Ivy League. Feinberg is also second in the Ivy League in points (3.86 per game), seventh nationally. He scored four goals twice (Dartmouth, Bryant) and three goals nine times (Lehigh, Hofstra, Quinnipiac, Denver, Vermont, Yale, Harvard, Providence and Cornell).

Top 15 Goal Scorer: Junior attackman Thomas Muldoon (Oakton, VA), now a two-time first team All-Ivy selection, has scored 32 goals for the Bears, while handing out 11 assists. His 85 career goals are 13th best in Brown lacrosse history. He has compiled 109 career points for the Bears by adding 27 career assists. Muldoon has scored four or more goals four times this season vs. Delaware, Bryant, Yale and Providence.

Feeder: Senior Kyle Hollingsworth (Darien, CT) ranks second in the Ivy League with 1.73 assists per game, 11th best in the nation. Hollingsworth netted three goals in Brown's win over Cornell, and scored a career high five goals in Brown's win over Vermont.

Seligmann To Return: Junior Reade Seligmann (Essex Falls, NJ) handed out three assists vs. Princeton last week and ranks fifth in the Ivy League with 1.36 assists per game. The Duke transfer has just been granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA and Brown, and will return to the Bears next season. Seligmann is Brown's fourth leading scorer with 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists). He scored the go-ahead goal against Cornell in the fourth quarter and added two assists against the Big Red.

Maryland Natives: Brown has nine players on its roster from the State of Maryland: Jordan Burke (Potomac), Collins Carey (Clarksville), Matt Chriss (Lutherville), Peter Fallon (Baltimore), Andrew Feinberg (Owing Mills), Conor Larkin (Baltimore), Dan O'Brien (Kensington), Joel Tracy (Cockeysville) and Jack Walsh (Chevy Chase).

Captains: Brown has four captains in 2009, seniors Jordan Burke (Potomac, MD), Todd Faiella (Marshfield, MA), Kyle Hollingsworth (Darien, CT) and Jack Walsh (Chevy Chase, MD).

Bear Facts: Brown ranks eighth in the nation in assists per game (6.8)...Only three Division I teams have won more games than Brown - Notre Dame (15-0), Virginia (13-2) and Duke (13-3)....Sophomore defenseman Peter Fallon (Baltimore, MD), a first team All-Ivy selection, leads the Bears with 53 ground balls. Fallon had an exceptional summer leading up to the 2009 season, being named to the All-World Team and the Defenseman of the Tournament for Team USA at the Under-19 World Championships...Senior attackman Brady Williams, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection in 2009, is Brown's fifth leading scorer with 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists). He scored three goals in Brown wins over Denver and Providence...Senior Jack Walsh has scored 11 goals for the Bears, and picked-up 41 ground balls, second on the Brown team...The Bears scored 119 goals all of last season. So far this year, Brown has netted 160 goals...Brown averaged 1,038 fans per home game, 19th best in the nation.

Brown's Probable Starters:
A	Thomas Muldoon     	Jr.
A	Kyle Hollingsworth	Sr.
A	Andrew Feinberg 	So.
M	Jack Walsh		Sr.
M	Brady Williams	        Sr.
M	Reade Seligmann	        Jr.
D	Ryan Cassil		Sr.
D	Jake Westermann	        Jr.
D	Peter Fallon		So.
G	Jordan Burke		Sr.
F/O	Charlie Kenney	        Jr.
_ Brown Head Coach Lars Tiffany: Third-year head coach Lars Tiffany is a 1990 Brown graduate and a two-year Brown lacrosse captain under then-Brown coach Dom Starsia. He played on two Brown teams that earned NCAA Tournament berths, and played in the North-South Senior All-Star Game. He was named the 2008 New England Coach of the Year after guiding the Brown men's lacrosse team to the 2009 Ivy League Championship and returning the program to national prominence.
2009 Brown Men's Lacrosse Schedule

2/21 Sat. at Lehigh W, 13-12 2/28 Sat. HOFSTRA L, 10-11 3/ 6 Fri. QUINNIPIAC W, 7-3 3/ 8 Sun. DENVER W, 12-11 3/ 14 Sat. at UMass W, 9-8 3/ 21 Sat. at Dartmouth W, 14-8 3/ 24 Tue. at Vermont W, 16-8 3/ 28 Sat. DELAWARE W, 13-5 3/ 31 Tue. at Bryant W, 11-7 4/ 4 Sat. YALE W, 13-9 4/ 11 Sat. PENN L, 6-7 4/ 15 Wed. at Harvard W, 8-6 4/ 18 Sat. at Providence W, 10-6 4/ 25 Sat. CORNELL W, 11-9 5/ 2 Sat. at Princeton L, 7-11 5/ 9 - Sat.- NCAA First Round Playoffs vs. Johns Hopkins 12:00 noon 5/17 Sun. NCAA Quarterfinals @ Navy TBA 5/ 23 Sat. NCAA FINAL FOUR at Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium 5/25 Mon. NCAA Championship at Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium

NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship/ 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.

Quarterfinals 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