Brown Men’s Lacrosse Changes Its 2015 Season Opener To Saturday Against Quinnipiac
Providence, R.I. – Due to the impending rain/snow storm, coach Lars Tiffany and the Brown men’s lacrosse team will open its 2015 season a day earlier than scheduled, hosting Quinnipiac on Saturday, February 21, at Stevenson Field, starting at 2 pm, as the second game of a women’s/men’s lacrosse doubleheader. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network and BrownBearsTV.
With six of its top seven scorers returning to the lineup, plus its leading scorer from two years ago, Tiffany has great expectations for his 2015 team and tremendous flexibility to mix and match players on the attack and in the midfield. Coupled with a young, but experienced, defensive group and outstanding goalie play, Tiffany’s squad is expected to challenge for an NCAA Playoff berth.
Brown’s attack will thrive with a group of five dynamic attackman who have combined to score 127 career goals.
Sophomore attackman Dylan Molloy, Brown First Year Male Athlete of the Year and four-time Ivy Rookie of the Week, spent most of his freshman season double-teamed and drawing a great deal of attention. Undeterred, Molloy led the Bears and ranked sixth in the Ivy League with 29 goals, while adding 10 assists and 37 ground balls. He netted a career high five goals against NCAA Tournament team Bryant.
Juniors Kylor Bellistri and Bailey Tills are also back in the lineup, along with the return of senior Nick Piroli and junior Henry Blynn, who each missed all of the 2014 season due to injury.
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). He registered back-to-back three goal games against Princeton and Penn. Tills tallied 12 goals and distributed nine assists and returns as Brown’s sixth top scorer.
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. Piroli was one of the top first year players in the nation as a freshman with 23 goals and a .422 shooting percentage that ranked 18th nationally. Piroli, who has 37 career goals for the Bears, will see action both on attack and in the midfield.
Also expected to contribute to the Bears attack are sophomore AJ Lucchese, along with first-year attackmen Nick Esemplare and Owen Rogers.
The leader of the Bears’ midfield is lanky junior Brendan Caputo, who has the ability to dodge and bury opportunities in the back of the net. A second team All-New England and honorable mention All-Ivy selection, Caputo ranked fourth on last year’s team in scoring with 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists).
Senior captain Tim Jacob scored 10 goals and handed out three assists in 2014, including a career high three goals vs. Quinnipiac and Marist. Senior middy Tyler Landis paced the Bears and ranked 10th in the Ivy League with 15 assists. He was Brown’s fifth leading scorer with 25 points, adding 10 goals. Junior Matt Graham had three goals and three assists from the midfield.
Brown’s midfield will be rounded out by juniors John Yozzo-Scaperrotta (1 goal) and Dino LaValle, and freshmen Chris Anderson, Jack Collins, Ethan Frieder and Stephen Hudak.
In goal, junior captain Jack Kelly leads the Brown team from both the front and the back as its last line of defense. He led the Ivy League and ranked ninth in the nation in saves per game (11.21), and ranked 15th nationally in save percentage (.547). He made a career high 18 saves in a victory over Quinnipiac and registered 16 saves in wins over Hartford, Marist and Princeton. Kelly started all 14 games last year and nine games as a freshman. Kelly will be backed-up by sophomore Peter Scott and freshman Brad Peters.
Defensively, sophomore Larken Kemp is coming off a sensational freshman season where he was named honorable mention All-Ivy after leading the Ivy League with 1.71 caused turnovers per game. He led Brown’s field players with 50 ground balls, and transitioned to register seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) with his ability to wreak havoc on the ball carrier and create offense in transition.
Sophomore defenseman Alec Tulett emerged as a starter a year ago and is equally effective as a close defenseman or long-stick midfielder. He picked up 22 ground balls, including a season high five ground balls vs. Dartmouth. Senior captain Will Swindell started seven games last season and plays a key role in Brown’s clearing game and communicating the slides.
Also competing on the defensive side are senior Stephen Loudon, juniors James Lawrence and Todd Stewart, a long stick middie, and freshmen Max Gustafson, Matt Kennis, Scott Lanham and Jake Miller.
Tiffany’s defensive midfielders include sophomores Jimmy Coughlin and Brewster Warble, along with seniors Nick Weeden (1 assist) and Corbin Booker.
In the face-off x, senior Jordan Schochet, junior Will Gural, and freshman Ted Ottens will vie for the starting nod. Schochet captured 38-of-74 face-offs, and stepped up in a big way against Hobart by capturing 19-of-23 face-offs. Gural won 23-of-56 face-offs and scored two goals last season.