Providence, R.I. – Brown and Providence square off in an Ocean State Cup match-up on Tuesday evening, April 17 at Stevenson-Pincince Field. Follow all the action on NESNplus and the Ivy League Network, starting at 7:00 pm, with Mike Rubin calling the play and Mike Mancuso providing the analysis.
The Bears: Brown (5-5, 2-2 Ivy) dropped a 27-15 decision to first place Yale in an Ivy League game last Saturday. Jackson Newsome paced the Bears with five goals against the Bulldogs.
The Friars: Providence (4-8, 1-2 Big East) is coming off a 12-11 overtime loss to Marquette on Saturday. The Friars have posted wins over Holy Cross (9-6), Bryant (13-8), St. Joseph's (4-3) and St. John's (14-8), with losses to Boston U. (12-11 ot), Sacred Heart (10-9 ot), UMass Lowell (12-11), Harvard (11-8), Hofstra (12-8), Drexel (11-10 ot) and Georgetown (8-4).
The Brown-Providence Series Record: Brown and Providence have met 23 times, dating back to 1989, with the Bears holding a 23-0 series advantage over the Friars. Last year, Jack Kniffin scored with 3:16 left in the second overtime period to lead Brown to a 13-12 win over #20 Providence at Chapey Field.
Ivy League Tournament: The four-team 2018 Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Tournament will be located at a neutral site, Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium on the campus of Columbia University, with the semifinals on Friday, May 4, and the finals on Sunday, May 6.
McCaleb On Attack: Sophomore attackman Luke McCaleb (Chevy Chase, MD), Brown's leading scorer with 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists), has registered at least one point in every game of his career, covering 26 games with 85 points. He had a goal and an assist on Saturday vs. #6 Yale. McCaleb scored a goal and had two assists against both Penn and Princeton, and had three goals and an assist against UMass. He paced the Bears in their win over Holy Cross with four goals and three assists. McCaleb had a goal and three assists in Brown's Ivy opener vs. Harvard, and scored three goals and handed out two assists in Brown's win over #4 Villanova. He had four goals and an assist in Brown's win over Stony Brook and added two goals and an assist vs. #15 Rutgers. McCaleb's 49 points last year were second on the Brown team and second all-time for a freshman at Brown, trailing only David Evans, who scored 53 points as a first-year player in 1993.
Grell Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman middy George Grell (Short Hills, NJ) posted his first career hat-trick, netting three goals in Brown's win over Penn. Grell added a goal and an assist vs. #6 Yale. He was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week after having a major impact in Brown's key 14-13 Ivy League win over Princeton, registering four points by scoring two goals, while adding two assists. Grell has eight goals and three assists on the season.
Ottens Facing-Off: Brown has one of the elite face-off men in the nation with the return of Second Team All-Ivy Ted Ottens '18 (Wilton, CT). Ottens captured the first nine face-offs vs. Penn and finished with 14-of-20 face-off wins and 11 ground balls against the Quakers. He won 13-of-24 face-offs in the Bears win over Princeton. Ottens, who had nine ground balls vs. Yale, is Brown's team leader with 70 ground balls. He captured 12-of-19 face-offs against Holy Cross, and won 14-of-23 face-offs in Brown's victory over #4 Villanova, while picking up nine ground balls. Ottens captured 14-of-23 face-offs vs. Harvard. He won 18-of-24 face-offs vs. Stony Brook, including 12 of the game's first 15 face-offs. Last year, Ottens captured 270-of-452 face-offs (.597) and scored seven goals off the face-off x.
Goss One Of The Nation's Top Goalies: Goalie Phil Goss '20 (San Francisco, CA), who led the nation in saves (12.75 saves per game) in his rookie campaign, ranks second nationally with 13.70 saves per game, while his save percentage (.552) ranks 12th in the nation. Goss made nine saves vs. Penn, including three in the last five minutes to preserve the victory. He registered 17 saves in Brown's win over Princeton. Goss registered 10 of his 18 saves in the second half against UMass, and had 11 saves in Brown's win over Holy Cross. Goss was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after Brown's 12-9 win over #4 Villanova, making 11 of his 17 saves in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter. He made 11 saves in Brown's opening game vs. Quinnipiac and added 10 more against Stony Brook. Goss exceled against #15 Rutgers with a season high 20 saves. Last year, he turned in several virtuoso performances with 20 saves in Brown's Ivy League Tournament win over Princeton and 19 saves against Rutgers and Penn.
Song – Bears Second Leading Scorer: Junior middy Carson Song's (San Francisco, CA) 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) are second on the Brown squad, while his 1.89 assists per game ranks 24th nationally. Song, who had a goal and an assist vs. Princeton and two assists vs. #6 Yale, scored a goal and handed out four assists vs. UMass. He netted three goals and handed out two assists in Brown's win over Holy Cross. Song scored a goal and handed out four assists vs. Harvard. He registered five goals and two assists in Brown's win over Stony Brook. Song added a goal and an assist against #15 Rutgers.
Panepinto Finds The Back of the Net: Middy Michael Panepinto '19 (Needham, MA), Brown's leading goal scorer with 20 goals for the season, scored the game-winning goal against Princeton, finding the back of the net with 14 seconds remaining in Brown's 14-13 victory over the Tigers. Panepinto also netted two goals and handed out an assist vs. Penn. Panepinto scored three goals and handed out two assists in Brown's win over Holy Cross and added two goals and an assist vs. UMass. He had two goals vs. Harvard and netted two goals in Brown's win over #4 Villanova. Panepinto opened the season with two goals and two assists vs. Quinnipiac, and came back with three goals and one assist vs. Stony Brook. He had two goals and an assist vs. #15 Rutgers. Panepinto has been a mainstay of the Bears' midfield since his freshman season and registered 28 points (25 goals, 3 assists) last year, scoring goals in 15-of-16 games and registered hat-tricks vs. Stony Brook and Princeton.
Hudak In The Midfield: Senior middy Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA), an All-Ivy and All-New England selection a year ago, scored two goals vs. Penn, including the game-winner with just over five minutes remaining. He also netted two goals and added an assist vs. #6 Yale. Hudak had a big game against UMass with a season high four goals. He scored a goal and handed out an assist in games against Quinnipiac and Holy Cross. He added two goals vs. Stony Brook. Last year, Hudak was Brown's leading scorer from the midfield with 34 goals and nine assists for 43 points. He netted goals in 15 of 16 games and scored a career high five goals in Brown's Ivy Tournament win over Princeton.
Miller On The Wing:. Senior LSM Jake Miller (Heartland, WI) returned to the lineup on Saturday vs. #6 Yale after missing a few games due to injury. He netted his fifth and sixth goals of the season against Holy Cross and UMass. He scored two goals, handed out an assist and picked up three ground balls in Brown's win over #4 Villanova. Miller also added a goal against Harvard. He ranks second on the Brown team with 25 ground balls. Miller is one of the top-scoring LSM in NCAA history, posting 27 career points, with 19 goals and eight assists.
NCAA All-Time Career Long Pole Scoring
Name Gm. G Asst. Pts.
1. Mason Poli, Bryant, 2010-13 68 44 17 61
2. Larken Kemp, Brown, 2014-17 64 26 30 56
3. Brian Farrell, Maryland, 2007-11 68 29 20 49
4. Scott Ratliff, Loyola, 2010-13 58 30 14 44
5. CJ Costabile, Duke, 2009-12 79 22 20 42
6. Connor Keating, Penn, 2014-18 51 31 10 41
7. Alec Tulett, Brown 2014-17 61 11 21 32
8. John LoCascio, Villanova, 2011-14 61 8 21 29
9. Joel White, Syracuse, 2008-11 67 18 10 28
10. Cody O'Donnell, Bryant, 2013-17 65 22 7 29
11. Jake Miller, Brown, 2015-present 56 19 8 27
12. Ryan Fournier, Loyola, 2014-17 63 16 9 25
Head Coach Mike Daly: Second-year head Brown lacrosse coach Mike Daly posted a 10-6 overall record in his initial season on College Hill and brought the Bears to the Ivy League Tournament championship game. He came to Brown after guiding the Tufts University men's lacrosse program to three NCAA National Championship titles while boasting the nation's highest scoring offense. Daly, the sixth Brown men's lacrosse coach since 1963, posted a record of 244-83 in 18 seasons as head coach at Tufts, with nine NCAA Tournament appearances and seven NESCAC titles. His Tufts teams won national championships in 2010, 2014 and 2015. Tufts led the nation in scoring in 2016 with 402 goals in 23 games for a 17.48 per game average. The Jumbos won their seventh consecutive NESCAC title and finished the year with a 20-3 record, falling in the National Championship game. Daly is among the top 10 active coaches for winning percentage and is in the top 20 for victories. A two time USILA F. Morris Touchstone National Coach of the Year (2010 and 2014), Daly's teams have won 20 or more games four times and made five appearances in the National Championship game. Daly oversaw a prolific Tufts offense that scored 423 goals in 2014 to set an NCAA record for a single season for all divisions.
NCAA Championships Returning To Gillette Stadium: The 2018 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships return to Gillette Stadium May 26-28. For information check out www.ncaa.com/lacrosse.
Bear Facts: Brown ranks 10th in the nation with 12.70 goals per game…Freshman face-off specialist Matt McShea (Winnetka, IL) captured 6-of-9 face-offs against UMass…Senior defenseman JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) scored his first goal of the season against Holy Cross…Sophomore attackman Jack Kniffin (Darien, CT) scored two goals against Quinnipiac and distributed three assists vs. Stony Brook…Both freshman attackman Jack Parr (Glenwood, MD) and freshman defenseman Jackson Caputo (Riverside, CT) scored their first career goals vs. Princeton…Freshman Tom Hale (Hingham, MA) netted his first career goal vs. #6 Yale.
All-Ivy Returnees: Brown returns three All-Ivy players from a year ago: Second Team All-Ivy face-off specialist Ted Ottens '18 (Wilton, CT), Honorable Mention All-Ivy middy Stephen Hudak '18 (Rydal, PA) and Honorable Mention All-Ivy defenseman JJ Ntshaykolo '18 (San Francisco, CA).
Defensive Front: JJ Ntshaykolo '18 (San Francisco, CA), an All-Ivy selection, Max Gustafson '18 (Sherborn, MA), Alex Santangelo '19 (Medfield, MA) and LSM Jake Miller '18 (Heartland, WI) return in the defensive half of the field.
Watch The Bears on the Ivy League Network (ILN): All of Brown's home games and its Ivy League away games can be viewed on the Ivy League Network, and is now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices. Available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app., packages for Brown's channel on the Ivy Network are $89.95 for 12 months, $34.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a day pass. Packages for the League-wide channel, which features everything the network has to offer, are $119.95 for 12 months, $49.95 for four months and $15.95 for one month.
Purchase Brown Tickets: Tickets for all Brown men's lacrosse home games can be purchased online at brownbears.com, calling the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or walking up to the Box Office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Next Game: The Bears return to Ivy League play on Saturday, April 21, traveling to Ithaca, NY to battle #6 Cornell. Watch on the Ivy League Network, starting at 1:00 pm at Schoellkopf Field.