Brown Holds On For 7-6 Win Over Providence

Providence, R.I. – Bears’ sophomore attackman Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) scored with 8:07 remaining to break a 6-6 tie, and junior goalie Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) made four saves down the stretch, to lead Brown to a 7-6 win over Providence in an Ocean State Cup match-up at Lennon Family Field on the PC campus.

After Providence tied the game, 6-6, with 8:15 left in the game, Bears’ sophomore Jordan Schochet (Plano, TX) captured the ensuing face-off and the Bears struck eight seconds later when Piroli scored on a pass from junior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) to give Brown a 7-6 lead.

Brown (6-5) never trailed in the game, but never had more than a two-goal lead in the defensive battle with the Friars (8-6).

Round, a second team All-Ivy goalie last season, took over the starting role a week ago and was exceptional in goal, making 13 saves overall, including six in the fourth quarter as Providence peppered the Brown goal with 14 shots.  Freshman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) and Hurster scored two goals each to lead the Bears’ attack.

The Bears and Friars were tied, 2-2, after one quarter with sophomore Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) and freshman Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) scoring for the Bears and the Friars getting goals from Sean Wright and Jake Newman.

A defensive battle ensued in the second quarter, but the Bears had the better of play. Blynn gave Brown the lead, 3-2, on a pass from Piroli with 5:22 left in the quarter.  Brown grabbed a 4-2 lead at the half when Hurster scored a short-handed goal with just 32 seconds remaining in the half.

The two teams exchanged goals early in the second half, with Providence scoring just 1:24 into the quarter and Jacob netting his second goal three minutes later. After a goal by the Friars’ Robert Stack, Brown answered once again on Blynn’s second goal with 46 seconds left, giving the Bears a 6-4 advantage after three quarters.

The Friars struck first in the fourth quarter, scoring the first two goals, the second by Greg Fitzmaurice to tie the game, 6-6, with 8:15 left in regulation.

Brown looks to keep its Ivy Playoff chances alive on Saturday, April 20, hosting #7 Cornell at Stevenson Field.  It’s Senior Day for Brown’s eight seniors – Sam Ford, Roger Ferguson, George Sherman, Johnny DePeters, Alex Jones, Shane McHugh, Obafemi Alese and Clay Del Prince. Brown’s seniors will be honored in pre-game ceremonies, with face-off scheduled for 3 p.m.


Fourth Quarter Rally Falls Short As Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Brown, 7-6

Greg FitzMaurice nets team-high two goals; Jack Connelly records 13 saves.

Providence, R.I. – The Providence College men’s lacrosse team rallied in the fourth quarter, but fell short to cross-city rival Brown, 7-6, on Tuesday, April 16 at Lennon Family Field. The Friars trailed, 6-4, heading into the fourth quarter and tied the game on back-to-back goals by Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) at 13:46 and 8:15, but couldn’t pull off the victory. The Friars drop to 8-6 on the season, while Brown improves to 6-5 overall.

The Bears and Friars traded goals in the first quarter, which concluded in a 2-2 tie. Brown struck first with 9:21 left on the clock as Tim Jacob scored, unassisted. Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) answered for the Friars as he collected a groundball in front of the goaltender after an initial save fired it into the back of the net. It marked Wright’s 34th goal of the season and came with 8:32 on the clock.

Brown regained the lead with 19-seconds left in the quarter as Brendan Caputo scored, unassisted, on a low shot from the left side. Providence answered with 8-seconds left on the clock as Jake Newman (Mill Valley, Calif.) tallied his third of the season after a win at the face-off “X”.

The Bears took a 3-2 lead with 5:22 left in the second quarter, as Henry Blynn scored the go-ahead goal during a timer-on situation. Nick Piroli was credited with the assist. Brown took a 4-2 advantage as Sam Hurster took the ball the length of the field after a Friar turnover and scored, man-down, with 32-seconds left on the clock. The Bears took the 4-2 lead into halftime.

Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) pulled the Friars within 4-3 as he fired a shot into the upper left hand corner with 13:36 on the clock. It marked Barton’s 25th tally of the season, and was assisted by JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.). Brown regained its two-goal lead (5-3) with 10:01 on the clock as Jacob notched his second off the game off a pass from Bailey Tills. Robby Stack (Medfield, Mass.) followed with an unassisted goal for Providence with 2:23 on the clock to make it a 5-4 game, but the Bears closed the quarter on a score with 46-seconds left to go ahead 6-4.

Down two goals heading into the fourth, the Friars started their come-back bid with back-to-back goals by FitzMaurice at 13:46 and 8:15, respectively. Each goal was assisted by Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and the scores tied the game, 6-6.

The Bears wasted little time in taking back the lead as Piroli scored the eventual game winner with 8:07 left on the clock. The Friars have multiple opportunities to tie the game down the stretch, but could not convert.

Brown held a 35-33 advantage in shots, while the Friars took the edge in groundballs (29-27) and won the battle at the face-off “X”. Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) won 10 of his 17 opportunities at the “X” for the Friars.

Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) recorded 13 saves between the pipes for Providence, while his counterpart Will Round also made 13 saves for the Bears.

Providence returns to action on Saturday, April 20 against BIG EAST foe St. John’s. It marks the Friars’ final home game of the season. The program will honor its seniors prior to opening face-off, which is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.