May 14, 2008
Providence, Rhode Island - The Ivy League Champion Brown men's lacrosse team dominated the 2008 NEILA New England Division I Men's Lacrosse Team, with six players being named All-New England and junior goalie Jordan Burke being named the New England Player of the Year, freshman attackman Andrew Feinberg selected New England Rookie of the Year, and head coach Lars Tiffany earning New England Coach of the Year honors.
Sophomore attackman Thomas Muldoon, sophomore middie Zach Caldwell, defenseman Reed Deluca and Burke were first team All-New England selections, and junior attackman Kyle Hollingsworth and senior middie Mike Cummins were second team All-New England honorees.
Tiffany took over the Brown program two years ago and transformed a team that was winless in the Ivy League in 2006 into the top team in the Ivy League, winning the 2008 Ivy League title with a 5-1 league mark. Tiffany's 2008 Brown team posted an 11-3 record, earning the most wins at Brown since 1994. Only five Brown lacrosse teams have won more games than Tiffany's 2008 Bears. Brown, the number one ranked team in New England, finished 13th nationally in the final USILA coaches poll, with just six teams in the nation winning more games than the Bears.
Burke was the Ivy League's Player of the Year and a first team All-Ivy selection. He led the nation with an incredible .674 save percentage and ranked fourth in the nation with a 6.43 goals against average. A finalist for the Tewaarton Award as the Nation's top player, Burke was won the Fritz Pollard '19 Trophy as Brown's Athlete of the Year. Burke, a COE/Business Economics concentrator, made 19 saves in Brown's win over Penn, 17 saves in a victory over Dartmouth, and 13 saves in the Bears win over Princeton for the Ivy title.
Feinberg was a three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week and Brown's fourth leading scorer with 21 goals and five assists. His 21 goals are the third most for a freshman in Brown lacrosse history. Feinberg scored a season high four goals in a win over Providence, tossed-in three goals in Brown's victory over Air Force, and scored two goals against Princeton, including the game-winning goal.
A first team All-Ivy selection, Muldoon ranked 21st nationally in goals per game, and led Brown in scoring for the second straight season with 37 points, registering 30 goals and seven assists. His 2.14 goals per game are second in the Ivy League. He scored four goals vs. Hofstra and Lehigh and led the Ivy League with 12 man-up goals. A Biology concentrator, Muldoon now has 69 career points, with 53 goals and 16 assists.
Deluca, a first team All-Ivy selection, was the backbone of the Bears' defense that allowed just 95 goals for the season, 11 less goals than any other Ivy team. A long-stick defenseman, Deluca, an Economics concentrator, earned the match-up up against the opponent's top attackman throughout the season. He also helped Brown's defense to allow just 6.79 goals per game, fourth in the nation.
Caldwell earned second team All-Ivy honors for the Bears, and his 11 goals and two assists were fifth on the Brown team. Caldwell, who has 20 career goals for the Bears, netted seven goals in Ivy League games, including four second half goals in Brown's 8-7 win over Harvard, including the game-winning goal with four minutes remaining.
Hollingsworth was Brown's scoring leader in Ivy League games with 16 points (12 goals, 4 assists), while his 34 points overall (21 goals, 13 assists) were second on the Brown team. The Economics concentrator scored the game-wining goal against Yale with 11 seconds remaining, netted four goals vs. Harvard, scored three goals vs. Penn, and registered two goals and four assists vs. Delaware.
Cummins, a COE Public and Private Organizations concentrator, is the leader of the Brown defense that ranked fourth in the nation, allowing 6.79 goals per game, and was the glue for the Bears' clearing and transition game. A fierce competitor, Cummins was the leader among defensemen with two goals, while picking up 19 ground balls.