Providence, R.I. – Coming off a 10-8 win over #9 Princeton, #10 Brown continues its push for the Ivy Playoffs by hosting Penn on Saturday, April 4 at Stevenson Field. The Bears are unbeaten in the Ivy League (2-0 Ivy) and face a Quakers (0-3 Ivy) squad needing a win to stay in the Ivy playoff race. All the action starts at 3pm.
The Bears: #10 Brown (8-1, 2-0 Ivy) defeated #9 Princeton, 10-8, in a statement game played at the Tigers’ Class of 1952 Stadium last Sunday. Jack Kelly ’16 made 15 saves and Henry Blynn ’16 scored four goals to lead Brown’s first win at Princeton since 1991.
The Quakers: Penn (3-6, 0-3 Ivy), who started the season as the nation’s 11th ranked team, is coming off a 15-7 loss to Yale last Saturday. The Quakers have posted wins over UMBC (10-8), St. Joseph’s (11-10 ot), and Lafayette (9-6), while losing to Maryland (11-7), Penn State (14-11), Villanova (17-11), Princeton (17-11) and Cornell (10-9 3ot).
The Brown-Penn Series Record: Brown and Penn have met 52 times, dating back to 1927, with the Bears holding a 31-21 series advantage. Penn has won the last two meetings, including a 10-8 decision last year in Philadelphia. In 2012, Brown earned an 11-10 win over the Quakers in Philadelphia.
Did you Know?: Brown beat Princeton in back-to-back games for the first time since 1989…Brown is off to its best start since 2009 when the team opened 9-1…10th-ranked Brown is ranked number one in the latest New England Division I Lacrosse poll…Dylan Molloy ’17 led the Brown team with 29 goals last year, and already has 41 goals in 2015…Bears ranks second among all NCAA Division I teams in scoring with 16.11 goals per game. Brown scored 142 goals in 14 games last year and has scored 145 goals through nine games in 2015…Brown is competing in its 65th season of intercollegiate lacrosse.
Molloy – Named To Tewaarton Award Watch List: Sophomore attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) leads the nation in goals (4.56 gpg) and ranks second nationally in points (6.56 ppg), and was recently named to the Tewaarton Watch List as a candidate for the nation’s top player. He exploded for eight goals in Brown’s overtime win over Marist, equaling his career single game high. Molloy had two goals and three assists in Brown’s win over Manhattan. He scored three goals in Brown’s 14-9 win over #10 Harvard. Molloy was named the USILA, NCAA and Ivy League Player of the Week after matching the Brown school record for points in a game (13) by scoring a career high eight goals and dishing out five assists in the Bears’ 22-12 win over Michigan. He tied the Brown record of 13 points, held by USILA Player of the Year Darren Lowe ‘92 against Boston College in 1991, and All-American Oliver Marti ‘93 vs. New Hampshire in 1993. He also registered six goals in 30 minutes vs. Hartford. Molloy scored a then career-high seven goals and handed out two assists in the Bears’ win over UMass. Molloy picked up where he left off a year ago, scoring five goals in Brown’s season-opening win over Quinnipiac. Last year, the honorable mention All-Ivy selection and four-time Ivy Rookie of the Week led the Bears and ranked sixth in the Ivy League with 29 goals, while adding 10 assists and 37 ground balls.
Kelly – 16th Nationally In Save Percentage: Junior goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY), a tri-captain for the Bears, leads the Ivy League and ranks ninth nationally in save percentage (.569), while his 10.56 saves per game leads the Ivies and ranks 20th nationally. Kelly proved to be the difference in Brown’s 10-8 win over #9 Princeton with 15 saves. He played just a half against Manhattan and made six saves, while allowing two goals. Kelly registered nine saves vs. Harvard, including a point blank fourth quarter save with Brown down two men. He had 14 saves vs. Michigan and made eight saves, while allowing just one goal in 30-minutes of play vs. Hartford. He was superb in Brown’s season debut, making his 15 saves in just over three quarters of play, exiting early in the fourth quarter. Last year, Kelly led the Ivy League and ranked ninth in the nation in saves per game (11.21), and ranked 15th nationally in save percentage (.547).
Kemp Named Ivy Player of the Week for Second Time/Named Baltimore Sun Defensive Player of the Week: Sophomore long stick middy Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) leads the nation with 2.50 caused turnovers per game and is 25th nationally in ground balls (5.13 per game). He continues to be prove he’s one of the top defensive midfielders in the nation, being named the Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time and being heralded as the National Defensive Player o the Week by the Baltimore Sun following Brown wins over Marist and #9 Princeton. Kemp turned in a yeoman’s performance in Brown’s 10-8 win over the Tigers, helping the Bears win at Princeton for the first time in 24 years. He scored two goals and handed out an assist in Brown’s fast-break offense while picking up four ground balls. He also helped Brown’s defense hold Princeton to just eight goals while marking one of its midfield stars, Zach Currier, to just one late goal. Kemp also scored a goal and added an assist in Brown’s 16-15 overtime win over Marist. He also picked up five ground balls and caused a turnover. Kemp was also named the USILA National Defensive Player of the Week and the Ivy League’s Co-Player of the Week on March 16th after turning in a dominating defensive performance against Harvard, wreaking havoc and disrupting the Crimson attack with eight caused turnovers, four ground balls and a fourth-quarter goal. Kemp had five ground balls and four caused turnovers vs. Michigan, and picked up five ground balls vs. Manhattan. He picked up eight ground balls and caused two turnovers vs. UMass, and played a key role in Brown’s fast-paced attack with two goals against Quinnipiac.
Gural 11th Nationally In Face-offs: Junior face-off specialist Will Gural (Haverford, PA) captured 21-of-34 face-offs vs. Marist and ranks 11th in the nation in face-off percentage at .627. Gural also excelled in the face-off x vs. Princeton, giving the Bears a 12-9 advantage. He is second on the Brown team and ranks 24th nationally with 5.22 ground balls per game. Gural won 7-of-9 face-offs vs. Manhattan, and captured 16-of-25 face-offs vs. Harvard, including 8-of-9 in the fourth quarter. Gural also posted a big game against Bucknell, winning 15-of-23 face-offs. He also had a strong game vs. Michigan, winning 21-of-34 face-offs against the Wolverines. Gural earned the starting nod in the face-off x to open the season and dominated Quinnipiac by winning 15-of-19 face-offs. He came back with a strong performance against UMass, winning 19-of-30 face-offs.
Caputo Tops Midfield Scorers: Junior middy Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) is the Bears top scorer from the midfield with 23 points (15 goals, 8 assists). He is coming off a three goal performance in the Bears’ 10-8 road win over #9 Princeton. Caputo netted two goals in the Bears win over Manhattan. He scored a key man-down goal against Harvard midway through the fourth quarter and finished with two goals against the Crimson. He had 15 goals and 12 assists a year ago to rank fourth on the Brown team.
Blynn 2nd Leading Scorer: Bears’ junior attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA), Brown’s second leading scorer with 27 points (21 goals, 6 assists) fired in four goals in Brown’s 10-8 win over #9 Princeton. He also registered four goals in the Bears’ 22-9 win over Manhattan. Blynn returned to the lineup after a year’s absence due to injury and scored just 17 seconds into Brown’s season opening win over Quinnipiac. He has now scored four goals four times this season – in wins over Michigan, UMass, Manhattan and Princeton – and tossed in two goals against Bucknell. He added a goal and three assists vs. Hartford. Blynn led the Brown team in scoring as a freshman in 2013 with 35 points (27 goals, 8 assists), and scored five goals in back-to-back games against High Point and North Carolina.
Bellistri On The Attack: Junior Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD), the Bears’ third leading scorer with 25 points (20 goals, 5 assists), netted an overtime goal to lift Brown to a 16-15 win over Marist. His 2.22 goals per game rank 39th nationally. Bellistri scored four goals in Brown wins over Manhattan and Michigan. He tossed in three goals vs. Bucknell, and stepped up against Harvard with two goals. He scored three goals and handed out two assists vs. UMass after netting two goals in Brown’s season opening win over Quinnipiac. Bellistri is equally adept at scoring from the outside or in tight, and ranked third on the 2014 Brown team with 31 points (20 goals and 11 assists).
Defensive Unit: Brown’s defense returns two starters from a year ago. Sophomore defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Canada) emerged as a starter a year ago and is equally effective as a close defenseman or long-stick midfielder. Tulett registered three caused turnovers vs. Bucknell and four vs. Manhattan. He picked up six ground balls vs. both Princeton and Marist, and leads the Brown team in ground balls (5.33 per game), 23rd nationally. Senior tri-captain Will Swindell (Greenwich, CT) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers vs. Manhattan. He also ranks 39th nationally with 1.23 caused turnovers per game. Swindell started seven games last season and plays a key role in Brown’s clearing game and communicating the slides… Senior Stephen Loudon (Babylon, NY), who also plays football at Brown, has also emerged as a starter at close defense for the Bears.
Piroli Back In The Lineup: Senior middy Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) missed all of last season due to injury and responded with two goals and two assists for the Bears in their season opener Quinnipiac. Pirol had two goals and two assists in the Bears’ win over Marist and had a key goal in the Bears win over #9 Princeton. He had three assists vs. Manhattan, and played a key role in Brown’s win over Harvard with two assists. He also had a goal and an assist vs. UMass. Piroli was one of the top first year players in the nation as a freshman with 23 goals and a .442 shooting percentage that ranked 18th nationally. Piroli, who came into the season with 39 career goals for the Bears, will see action both on attack and in the midfield.
Head Coach Lars Tiffany: Lars Tiffany ’90, a two-time Brown lacrosse captain, returned to his alma mater as head men’s lacrosse coach in the summer of 2006, and has returned the program to national prominence with Ivy League titles in 2008 and 2010, and an NCAA Championship berth in 2009. Tiffany was named the New England Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009 while leading his team to the number one ranking in New England each year. Tiffany occupies the Rothman Head Coaching Chair for Men’s Lacrosse, an endowed position.
Brown’s Probable Starters
Attack 4 Dylan Molloy, So.
Attack 6 Henry Blynn, Jr.
Attack 8 Kylor Bellistri, Jr.
Midfield 10 Nick Piroli, Sr.
Midfield 17 Tim Jacob, Sr.
Midfield 41 Brendan Caputo, Jr.
Defense 25 Alec Tulett, So.
Defense 44 Will Swindell, Sr.
Defense 50 Steven Loudon, Sr.
Goalie 91 Jack Kelly, Jr.
F/O 36 Will Gural, Jr.
DM 23 Nick Weeden, Sr.
LSM 42 Larken Kemp, So.
2015 Brown Lacrosse Schedule
2/21 Sat. Quinnipiac 17-6, W
2/28 Sat. at UMass 18-12, W
3/4 Wed. at Hartford 17-8, W
3/8 Sun at Michigan 22-12, W
3/14 Sat Harvard 14-9, W
3/17 Tue. Bucknell 9-10, L ot
3/21 Sat. Manhattan 22-9, W
3/24 Tue. Marist 16-15 W ot
3/29 Sun. at Princeton 10-8, W
4/4 Sat. Pennsylvania 3:00 pm (ILDN)
4/11 Sat. at Yale 12:30 pm (ILDN)
4/14 Tue. at Providence 7:00 pm
4/18 Sat. Cornell 1:00 pm (ILDN)
4/21 Tue. at Bryant 7:00 pm (NEC Front Row)
4/25 Sat. at Dartmouth 1:00 pm (ILDN)
5/1 Fri.- Ivy League Tournament – Semifinals at #1 seed
5/3 Sun. Ivy League Tournament – Finals at #1 seed
5/9 Sat. NCAA First Round Playoffs – Higher Seed
5/10 Sun. NCAA First Round Playoffs – Higher Seed
5/16 Sat. NCAA Quarterfinals – Denver, Denver, CO
5/17 Sun. NCAA Quarterfinals – Navy, Annapolis, MD
5/23 Sat. NCAA Semifinals – Philadelphia, Lincoln Fin. Field
5/25 Mon. NCAA Championship – Philadelphia, Lincoln Fin. Field
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Next Game: Brown’s Ivy League schedule continues next Saturday, April 11 when the Bears travel to New Haven, Conn., to face #11Yale in battle of Ivy League heavyweights, starting at 1pm.
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