#20 Brown Men’s Lacrosse Falls in Season Opener
Quinnipiac goalie Nick DiMuccio recorded 21 saves, matching a career-high set in 2020 against the Bears, to lift the Bobcats (2-0, 0-0 MAAC) to an 11-10 upset win over the 20th-ranked Brown Bears (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League) in Bruno’s 2023 season-opener at Stevenson-Pincince Field on Saturday.
“Hats off to Quinnipiac and Coach Poli, they beat us today,” said head coach Mike Daly. “We definitely need to regroup and get ready for another challenge on Tuesday.”
The Bobcats took a 3-2 lead through 15 minutes as Jake Tellers, Steven Germain, and Joey Van De Veerdonk found the back of the net.
For the Bears, Ben Locke recorded his first career goal and Ryan Behrens added his second career goal in the opening quarter.
The Bears tallied four unanswered goals to open the second quarter with Logan Paff, Griffin King, Devon McLane, and Trevor Yeboah-Kodie finding the back of the net. King’s goal came man-up with Trevor Glavin assisting.
The Bobcats responded in the final five minutes of the first half as John DeLucia and Trey Gehan made it a one-goal game at the break with the Bears leading 6-5.
King added his second man-up goal early in the third quarter with McLane assisting to give Brown a 7-5 lead. From there, Quinnipiac outscored Brown 3-1 to close out the third to send the game to the fourth tied at 8-8.
Trevor Douglas scored an EMO goal 22 seconds into the fourth quarter to put the Bobcats ahead for the first time since early in the second quarter. Both teams went scoreless for the next 10 minutes until Locke slammed a McLane feed from just outside the crease to even the score with 4:50 remaining.
Dylan Donnery and Tellers recorded consecutive unassisted goals to turn the 9-9 game into an 11-9 Quinnipiac lead with 2:55 remaining, the Bobcats’ first two-goal lead of the game.
DiMuccio made a huge save on with 46 seconds remaining to preserve the two-goal lead, but a quick turnover and transition goal from Locke, his third of the game, brought the Bears within a goal.
On the ensuing faceoff, a Brown violation gave the Bobcats possession and following a Quinnipiac timeout, the visiting team was able to run out the rest of the clock for the 11-10 win.
Demetri George won the faceoff battle against Matthew Gunty as the Quinnipiac graduate student went 14-for-23 (60.8%) along with nine ground balls.
Brown finished the game with a 48-39 edge in shots and a 31-24 shots on goal advantage. Connor Theriault finished the afternoon with 13 saves.
Brown won the ground ball battle, 24-23.
Brown welcomes the Providence College Friars (2-1, 0-0 Big East) on Tuesday (Feb. 21) at Stevenson-Pincince Field. Opening faceoff between the Bears and Friars is set for 3 p.m. in the first Ocean State Cup battle for both teams.