Providence, R.I. – Junior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) scored four of his game-high five goals in the second half to rally #4 Brown to a 14-12 Ivy League win over Yale before the largest crowd ever (3,430) at Stevenson Pincince Field, giving the Bears their first win ever over a #1 ranked team.
“We were fortunate to be part of a sellout home crowd and our men really responded to the crowd’s energy,” said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany. “I really believe in this team because of their tough mental and physical approach. They enjoy practice every day and work hard to believe in the system.”
Brown extended its record to 10-1 overall, 4-0 in the Ivy League, while Yale suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 10-1, 4-1 in Ivy play.
The battle between national and Ivy League lacrosse heavyweights lived up to its pre-game billing with Yale having the better of play for the opening 34 minutes, holding a 10-6 lead with 11:05 left in the third quarter.
Undaunted, the relentless Bears out-scored the Bulldogs, 6-0, over the next 16 minutes, to grab a 12-10 lead with 10:16 remaining in the fourth quarter on an unassisted Molloy goal. Molloy scored three of Brown’s goasl in the spurt with senior Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD), senior Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) and senior Will Gural (Haverford, PA) also scoring goals for the Bears.
Yale’s Eric Scott drew the Bulldogs to within one goal, 12-11, but Bellistri answered to put the Bears back up by two goals, 13-11, with 2:32 remaining.
A man-up goal by Yale’s Michael Keasey with 1:24 remaining made it a one-goal game once again, 13-12.
Gural won his 19th face-off of the game to give the possession to Brown, and, after two Brown timeouts and some creative clock management, Molloy iced the game with his fifth goal, scoring with 15 seconds remaining.
Molloy, who leads the nation in goals, assists and points, scored his five goals on 11 shots, while adding an assist. Bellistri also had a big game for the Bears with three goals and an assist, while senior Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) added two goals. Senior middy Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) netted a goal and handed out two assists.
“Molloy is arguably the best player in the country,” said Tiffany. “ (Christopher) Keating is a great defender for Yale, but nobody has more fun playing the game of lacrosse than Dylan Molloy.”
Gural won 19-of-27 face-offs, including 11-of-13 face-offs in the second half to spark the Brown comeback. He had two goals and two assists from the face-off x, and picked-up a game high 11 ground balls.
“How amazing was Will Gural?” said Tiffany. “Not only was he winning face-offs, but he was scoring goals.”
Bears’ All-American goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) struggled in the opening minutes, but helped turn the game in Brown’s favor with 11 saves overall, while allowing just three Yale goals in the second half.
Ben Reeves paced the Bulldogs with two goals and two assists, while Eric Scott also added two goals as 10 Yale players scored goals in a balanced attack. Sophomore goalie Phil Huffard made seven saves for the Bulldogs.
The game didn’t start well for the Bears with Yale’s Reilly Naton and Jason Alessi giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead on two unsettled plays. Caputo and Blynn quickly answered for the Bears to tie the game, 2-2.
Yale held its biggest lead of the half, 9-5, when Reeves scored an unassisted goal with just 13 seconds remaining.
Molloy stunned the Bulldogs with his first goal, with no time left on the clock to cut the lead to one goal, 9-6 at the half.
Brown hosts cross-town rival Providence College on Tuesday evening, April 19. Face-off is 7:00 pm at Stevenson-Pincince Field with the game being broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.