Mellynchuk’s Overtime Goals Lifts Brown Laxers Over #5 UMass, 9-8
Amherst, Mass. – Junior midfielder Dan Mellynchuk’s (West Sayville, NY) second goal of the game with 2:31 remaining in overtime rallied the Brown men’s lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over fifth-ranked UMass at Garber Field, sending the Minutemen to their first loss of the season.
The win evens Brown’s record at 1-1 overall on the young season, while UMass falls to 3-1.
Trailing 8-5 midway through the fourth quarter, Brown rallied with three straight goals by freshman Kylor Billistri (Potomac, MD), including the game-tying goal on an assist by senior George Sherman (Greenwich, CT) with 3:22 left in regulation.
In overtime, Bears’ senior defenseman senior Sam Ford (Reisterstown, MD) picked up a ground ball and made a pass to Mellynchuk, who scored the game-winning goal.
Bellistri scored his first three collegiate goals and added an assist to lead the Bears. Mellynchuk also scored his first two goals of the season, scoring on just two shots. Junior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) finished with a goal and two assists, while freshman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) had a goal and an assist.
Brown’s defense made the difference in the game, with freshman goalie Jack Kelley (West Islip, NY) making his first career starting role in the Brown goal. He finished with eight saves.
Unbelievably, Brown was able to beat the Minutemen despite winning just 3-of-20 face-offs.
Grant Whiteway led the Minutemen with three goals. Joe Calvello was nearly unstoppable in the face-off x, winning 17-of-20 face-offs for UMass.
Brown senior Johnny DePeters (Woodbury, CT) got the Bears on the scoreboard first, scoring at the 7:07 mark to give the Bears a 1-0 advantage. Unanswered goals by Matt Whippen and Grant Whiteway gave the Minutemen a 2-1 lead after one quarter.
Hurster tied the game with 1:49 left in the opening half, and Mellynchuk, on an assist by Hurster, gave Brown the lead at the half, 3-2, scoring with six seconds remaining.
UMass tied the game, 3-3, early in the third quarter, but Blynn scored with 6:29 left in the quarter to put Brown up, 4-3.
The Minutemen seemingly took control with three straight goals at the end of the quarter to grab a 6-4 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Senior Alex Jones( Annapolis, MD) netted his first goal of the season to pull the Bears to within one goal, 6-5, with 12:36 left in the game. UMass answered with goals by Sean Cleary and Whiteway to take an 8-5 advantage with 7:11 left to play.
The Bears are back in action again on Wednesday, March 6, traveling to Hartford, Conn. to face the Hartford Hawks. Game time is 3:00 p.m.
Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Brown, 9-8 In Overtime
Whiteway nets first collegiate hat trick as the Bears halt UMass’ 16-game regular season win streak
AMHERST, Mass. – Brown University scored the final three goals of the fourth quarter and netted the winning tally in overtime to defeat No. 5 UMass, 9-8 at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway earned his first collegiate hat trick with a trio of goals against the Bears while redshirt-freshman goalie Zachary Oliveri tallied 15 saves in net for the Minutemen (3-1 overall). The loss marks the first regular season defeat for UMass since April 23, 2011, against Hofstra, a stretch of 16 consecutive victories.
Entering overtime tied at eight, Joe Calvello gave UMass the ball with one of the junior’s 17 faceoff victories in 20 attempts against Brown. The Minutemen held possession for the first 1:10, until a turnover gave Brown’s Sam Ford an opportunity to clear the play and find Daniel Mellynchuk for the game-winner.
The Minutemen recorded back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter to earn an 8-5 lead with seven minutes left in regulation. Freshman attack Sean Cleary was unassisted in putting UMass ahead by two with 8:17 remaining while Whiteway followed only 1:06 later to complete the sophomore’s hat trick. However, the Bears responded with three goals in 3:49 minutes of play to tie the game and force overtime.
Brown struck first in the game, taking a 1-0 lead with seven minutes left in the first quarter during a man-up situation. However, UMass answered only 52 seconds later to even it at one each, as senior attack Kyle Smith found junior midfielder Matt Whippen for his team-leading ninth goal of the season. Whiteway pushed UMass ahead for the first time on the day with 4:08 to play in the first, doing so unassisted.
The Bears were able to put two unanswered goals on the board in the second quarter to take a 3-2 lead into the break. Sam Hurster tied it up at 2-2 and Mellynchuk recorded Brown’s third tally of the day with six seconds left in the second quarter.
The UMass offense controlled play during the third quarter, outscoring the Bears, 4-1 on the strength of a goal each by four different Minutemen. Junior attack Connor Mooney slotted a pass to Whiteway before the sophomore attack found the back of the net to even the score at 3-3 with 8:52 left in the third. After Henry Blynn responded for the Bears, UMass used three goals in 92 seconds to move ahead, 6-4. Freshman attack Andrew Sokol started the run with his seventh tally of the season on a pass from Whippen with 2:34 left. Calvello won the ensuing faceoff and sprinted into the offensive zone with possession, placing an attempt by Brown netminder Jack Kelly for his first collegiate goal, only six seconds later. Mooney added his second point of the day with the junior’s lone goal to close scoring in the third with UMass ahead, 6-4, at the 1:02 mark.
Kylor Bellistri netted a hat trick for the Bears during the fourth, scoring all three in succession to force overtime, while Alex Jones notched the first Brown goal of the final quarter.
The Bears outshot UMass, 46-30 while the Minutemen earned the edge in groundballs, 30-18. UMass finished 13-of-16 on clears while Brown went 17-for-19. Each team recorded one man-up tally in three attempts. Kelley finished with eight saves in net for the Bears.
The Minutemen will travel to No. 19 Albany (1-2) for their next game, facing the Great Danes on Tuesday, March 5, at 3:00 p.m.