Molloy and Hudak Score Three Goals Each In Brown’s 13-8 Win Over Harvard
Providence, R.I. – The defending Ivy League Champion Brown men’s lacrosse team (2-3, 1-0 Ivy) built a six-goal halftime lead and cruised to a 13-8 win over Harvard (4-2, 0-1 Ivy) in the Ivy League opener for both teams at Stevenson-Pincince Field. Brown senior Tewaaraton Award winner Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) and junior midfielder Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA) scored three goals each to lead the Bears.
“This was a players’ day,” said Brown head coach Mike Daly. “We stepped up in a big league game and these guys made plays all day. Our defense has been taking their lumps this season, but was spectacular today. I’m proud of these guys.”
With three goals and an assist, Molloy moved into 19th place all-time in NCAA Division I career scoring with 275 points, while his 170 career goals are 20th in the NCAA record book.
Ten of Brown’s 13 goals came from the midfield and long stick units, led by Hudak’s three goals and one assist. Senior middy Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) had two goals, while sophomore middies Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) and Carson Song (Charlotte, NC), along with senior long stick middy Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) and senior defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario) adding one goal each.
Bears’ freshman goalie Phil Goss (San Francisco, CA) turned in a yeoman’s performance, making 11 saves. Brown’s defense also stepped up with the Bears forcing 26 Harvard turnovers, led by junior JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) with three forced turnovers and five ground balls.
Morgan Cheeks paced the Crimson with three goals and two assists. Robert Shaw turned in a strong performance in goal for Harvard, making 13 saves.
The Bears took control from the outset, dominating the opening quarter after Harvard took an early 1-0 lead. Goals by Graham, Kemp and Panepinto lifted the Bears to a 3-1 advantage at the 9:05 mark.
Ryan Graff cut Brown’s lead to 3-2, but goals by Hudak, Collins and Molloy gave the Bears a 6-1 lead after one quarter.
Cheek’s goal at the 9:42 mark of the second quarter cut the Bears’ lead to 6-3. Brown answered with four straight goals with Hudak scoring twice and Molloy and Song once each to build a 10-3 advantage with 1:33 left in the half. A late goal by Cheeks allowed the Crimson to cut Brown’s lead to 10-4 at the half.
While the Bears didn’t score in the third quarter, their defense limited the Crimson to just one goal, with Joe Lang scoring for Harvard with 4:29 left in the quarter.
Neither team had an advantage in the final quarter with both Brown and Harvard exchanging goals the rest of the way.
The Bears are back in action again Tuesday evening, March 21, hosting Holy Cross in non-league action. Face-off is 7:00 pm at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
Second Half Success Helps UMass Men’s Lacrosse To Victory
Minutemen take 12-10 win at Hartford with six of last eight goals scored
Massachusetts 12, Hartford 10
Records: Massachusetts (3-4) • Hartford (2-5)
Location: Al-Marzook Field; West Hartford, Conn.
- Noah Rak won 18-of-24 faceoffs, grabbed 10 groundballs and scored once. It marked career highs in faceoffs won and taken and groundballs picked up for the junior.
- Isaac Paparo had four caused turnovers and three groundballs at close defense, including a caused turnover and groundball series in the final two minutes that set the Minutemen up for their last scoring possession.
- Tyler Bogart earned his third consecutive hat trick with three goals and an assist.
- Buddy Carr and Dan Muller added three-point days as each had a pair of goals and assisted on another score.
- Grant Consoletti and Dom St. Laurent also had multi-point efforts. Consoletti scored twice while St. Laurent dished two assists.
- The Minutemen used a five-goal run bridging the third and fourth quarters to turn an 8-6 deficit into an 11-8 lead. Bogart, Carr, Consoletti, Noah Rak and Shane Rinkus each scored once in the streak.
Massachusetts scored 56 seconds into the frame on Dan Muller’s 10th goal of the year. Paul Spinney found Muller open on the left side for Spinney’s first point of the year.
Hartford notched four of the next five goals for a 4-2 advantage after one quarter. Justin Huggins had two of the Hawks’ four conversions. Tyler Bogart created the lone UMass score in the series when he juked his defender behind the cage, rolled around the left post and fired in his team-leading 13th tally of the season.
Back-to-back conversions from Buddy Carr and Grant Consoletti helped Massachusetts move back within one of tying, 5-4, after Griffin Feiner opened scoring in the frame for the Hawks.
Carr notched his tally with 13:39 to play in the quarter while Consoletti followed only 41 seconds later. Alec Brown bumped the Hawks’ lead back to a pair with the lone additional goal in the quarter, scored with 5:14 to go.
After the officials awarded Hartford their fourth extra-man opportunity of the game as time expired in the second quarter, the Hawks converted their fourth man-up tally for a 7-4 lead.
Massachusetts responded with five of the final six scores of the frame to pull in front, 9-8. The Minutemen spread the scoring around to four shooters as Bogart connected twice and Carr, Consoletti and Muller added one and helped the squad get back in front for the first time since the 1-0.
Unorthodox goal scorers provided Massachusetts with another back-to-back scoring series as long-stick midfielder Shane Rinkus and faceoff specialist Noah Rak tallied in succession.
Rinkus caused a turnover on a lost faceoff, grabbed the groundball and fired low for his second tally of the year. On the next faceoff, Noah Rak won the duel, scooped up the loose ball and deposited it into the back of the net for the 11-8 lead only 17 seconds into the final stanza.
Hartford’s defense silenced the UMass offense into the final minute of the game as the Hawks chipped away at their three-goal deficit with scores by Brown and Trevor O’Brien.
Isaac Paparo sealed the outcome in the final two minutes after he forced a Hartford turnover with a pass interception, cleared up-field to the offense and handed possession over the attack. Dylan Gruder capitalized on the possession with his first goal of the season with 15 seconds to go.
The Minutemen return to Garber Field on Sat., March 25 with a Noon-time game against Brown. The contest will be streamed live via the UMass Sports Network free of charge.
Hot Start Leads No. 8 Albany Past Catamounts 17-6 in Conference Opener
FINAL SCORE: No. 8 Albany 17, Vermont 6
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Eighth-ranked Albany’s Connor Fields had seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) and the Great Danes opened with a 5-0 run as Vermont fell by a 17-6 score on Saturday at Virtue Field.
Vermont is now 4-4 on the season and 0-1 in America East play, while Albany improves to 4-1 overall (1-0 America East).
Charlie Cobb and Dawes Milchling each had two goals for the Catamounts in the setback.
The Great Danes, who entered Saturday’s game averaging 15.5 goals per game, are owners of the fourth-best scoring offense across the Division I ranks.
Albany’s Kyle McClancy quickly began the day’s scoring in what ultimately amounted to an 11-2 Great Danes run. In the meantime, Cobb put UVM on the board with 8:57 left in the first quarter and added his second of the afternoon at the 4:17 mark of the period, finishing a feed from Matt Gudas.
Following a second five-goal burst by the Great Danes, UVM found the cage just before halftime courtesy of Milchling. Michael Clarke registered an assist on the play. Milchling then proceeded to tally another with 11:40 left in the third quarter and was trailed by Alex Stanko‘s seventh goal of the season at the 5:14 mark. With his fifth goal of the season, Jack Knight wrapped up the day’s scoring late in the fourth quarter.
For Vermont, Jon Kaplan made 13 saves in goal after entering in relief of Nick Washuta (5 saves). At the other end, JD Colarusso amassed 16 saves in just over 52 minutes before Nate Sikierski (1 save) closed the book.
James Leary caused three turnovers for the Green and Gold, also scooping up four ground balls which was matched by Charlie Erdmann. Albany had the edge in team ground balls, 32-22, while also going 23-for-25 on clears to UVM’s 21-for-26 clip.
Vermont continues America East play next Saturday (March 25) as the Catamounts visit Binghamton for a noon tilt.