New England Division I Roundup: April 23rd

Brown Takes Down Bryant, 13-11, To Retain Ocean State Cup
Providence, R.I. – Brown opened a 9-2 lead at the half and held off a late Bryant challenge to earn a 13-11 win over the Bulldogs in a non-league game at Stevenson Field, capturing the Ocean State Cup for the second straight season in the battle of Rhode Island lacrosse supremacy.

Bears’ freshman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) scored a career high five goals and handed out an assist to lead all scorers. Senior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO), freshman Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) and junior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) netted two goals each for Brown.

The game may have come down to a Titanic battle in the face-off x, where Brown’s Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) went up against the nation’s top face-off man in Bryant’s Kenny Massa. Just one year ago, Massa captured 15 of 18 face-offs against the Bears. Tonight, Capone was the difference in the game, battling throughout to capture 12 of 27 face-off attempts.

In goal for the Bears, senior Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) made 10 saves while allowing 10 goals in 54 minutes of play.  Sophomore Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) played the last six minutes in a relief role and made two saves, while allowing a late goal.

Shane Morrell led the Bulldogs with three goals and two assists, while Colin Dunster added two goals.  Gunner Waldt made eight saves, while surrendering 13 goals in goal for Bryant.

With the scored tied, 1-1, Brown scored the next six goals, two to close out the opening quarter, and four straight to open the second quarter, to open up a 7-1 advantage. Graham, Hurster, junior Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX), and freshman Larkin Kemp (Greenwich, CT) scored one goal each in the spurt, while Molloy scored twice.

Bryant’s Brett Baker scored to make the score 7-2, but Jacob added his first goal and Molloy scored with 31 seconds remaining to give the Bears a 9-2 advantage at intermission.

The Bulldogs got back in the game in the third quarter, cutting Brown’s lead to 10-7 after a goal by Alex Zomerfeld with 1:30 remaining. But Graham scored his second goal of the game with 32 seconds remaining in the quarter to put the Bears back up by four goals, 11-7, heading into the final quarter.

With momentum in their favor, Bryant kept up the pressure and cut the Brown lead to two goals, 12-10 with 7:52 remaining.

Molloy responded and  put the game out of reach with his fifth goal, scoring with 5:32 left to give the Bears a 13-10 advantage.  A late goal by Bryant’s Colin Dunster accounted for the final score.

Brown hosts Dartmouth at Stevenson Field in its final game of the season on April 26 at 2pm, and will honor its eight seniors in pre-game ceremonies: Tommy Capone, Stephen Chmil, Sam Hurster, Daniel Mellynchuk, Philip Pierce, Will Round, Peter Vivonetto and Brady Williams.


Quinnipiac Men’s Lacrosse Defeated By No. 13 Yale, 14-11; Keenan Nets Career High in Loss

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was a career night for sophomore Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario), but nationally-ranked No. 13 Yale University was too much for the Quinnipiac University men’s lacrosse team on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs topped the Bobcats, 14-11, at Reece Stadium in New Haven – renewing a rivalry that hadn’t seen action since the 2002 campaign.

Keenan carried the load offensively for the Bobcats (5-8), factoring in seven of the team’s 11 goals. He finished with a career-best six goals in the game, surpassing his five-goal effort which he did earlier this year against Monmouth. He added an assist to complete a seven-point night for the Oshawa native. It was his third career hat trick as well.

Quinnipiac also received goals from Matt Kycia (West Harford, Conn.), Pat Corcoran(Stratford, Conn.), Nate Nibbelink (Hampstead, Md.), Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) andKevin Diehl (Towson, Md.). Kycia added an assist while it was Kevin Diehl’s first career goal for the rookie midfielder.

A rocky start to say the least, Quinnipiac fell behind early by a count of 7-1 after the first quarter. However, it was a position that Quinnipiac has been in before, and one that it could recover from. The Bobcats rattled off four goals in the second quarter, while holding the Bulldogs to just one to close the gap to three before the halftime whistle (8-5). Keenan had three of the four goals with Kevin Diehl joining Keenan in the scoring summary with his milestone marker.

After the break, Quinnipiac weathered another offensive spurt from the Bulldogs, erasing a four-goal deficit with three straight goals. The flurry came within a four minute span, beginning with Keenan’s fifth goal of the game with 12:52 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Nibbelink connected some 30 seconds after that, and Kycia completed the stint with his eighth goal of the season. Quinnipiac trailed 10-9 with 8:24 seconds remaining in the frame.

However, Quinnipiac’s attack went quiet and Yale slipped in two straight goals to extend its margin back to three, 12-9. The two teams would exchange goals through the remainder of regulation. Matt Diehl scored to pull the Bobcats within two, 13-11, with 4:31 seconds left, but Yale tacked on one more and escaped with the non-conference triumph.

Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) came up big on several occasions, amassing 13 saves between the pipes for the Bobcats. He upped his season total to 153 which moves him into sixth place all-time for the most saves in a single season. He had 195 saves last season which was good enough for third on the same list.

Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.), who recently became Quinnipiac’s all-time leader in assists, added three more to his career total (67). He moved into fifth place all-time in career points (125) and tied his career high of 25 assists in a single-season.

With the win, Yale (9-3) extended its winning streak to four straight games. Conrad Oberbeck and Brandon Mangan each had three goals for the hosting Bulldogs. Mangan added three assists. Eric Natale made three saves in his ninth win of the season.

Yale controlled the faceoff (18-11) and the turnover margin (10-16). The Bulldogs also went 2-for-3 on the man-up.

Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, April 26 with its regular-season finale. The Bobcats welcome Air Force for a 12 p.m. tilt at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Prior to faceoff, head coach Eric Fekete and Quinnipiac Athletics will honor the seven senior class members of the lacrosse program.

Photo courtesy John Hassett