#7 Brown Men’s Lacrosse Cruises Past UMass In Home Opener

Brown University Press Release

Providence, R.I. – Senior middy Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) scored four goals to help the seventh-ranked Brown men’s lacrosse team open up a 9-1 lead at the half and cruise to a 15-7 victory over UMass in the 51st meeting between the New England rivals at Stevenson-Pincince Field.

The Bears improve to 3-0 on the young season, while the Minutemen fall to 2-3.

"I’m excited about the result today and pleased with our effort and energy," said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany.  "Alec Tulett and Larken Kemp did all the hard work in the middle of the field with ground balls and caused turnovers and helped get our offense going. I’m also excited that were able to score in our set-up offense, something we’re worked very hard to improve."

Tills made the most of his scoring opportunities with four goals on four shots. Senior attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) scored three goals and added an assist for the Bears.

Junior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY), the nation’s leading scorer, extended his consecutive game point streak to 23 games with four points, scoring two goals and handing out two assists.

Senior All-American goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) once again helped dictate the pace of play with 11 saves, while allowing five goals, and initiating exquisite outlet passes to kick-start the Bears’ offense in just over 50 minutes of play.

Brown senior face-off specialist Will Gural (Haverford, PA) once again dominated the face-off x, winning 12-of-15 face-offs.  Sophomore Ted Ottens (Wilton, CT) also contributed, capturing 6-of-10 face-offs.

The aggressive Bears out-shot the Minutemen, 42-30, and held a 36-29 advantage in ground balls.

Seven different players scored goals for UMass.  DJ Smith started in goal for UMass, playing the first half.  He made eight saves, while surrendering nine goals.

Brown opened a 4-0 lead in the first quarter with a balanced attack, getting goals by senior Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY), Tills, senior Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) and Molloy’s 100th career goal.

The Minutemen got on the scoreboard first to open the second quarter, cutting the Brown lead to 4-1 on a goal by Brendan Hegarty with 11:25 left in the quarter, but the Bears answered seven seconds later when Gural won the face-off and found the back of the net for a 5-1 Bears’ lead.

Blynn and Tills scored two goals each in the last nine minutes of the half to post a mini-4-0 run and give the Bears a 9-1 advantage at the half.

Brown’s scoring onslaught continued in the second half as the Bears made multiple substitutions. Tills, Molloy and Blynn scored again to lift the Bears to a 12-1 lead.  UMass stopped the bleeding with a goal by Dan Muller with 15 seconds left in the third quarter to cut Brown’s lead to 12-2 heading into the final quarter.

The Minutemen had the better of play in the outset of the fourth quarter, getting goals from Buddy Carson and Gianni Bianchini with 12:52 left to cut Brown’s lead to 12-4.

Brown’s relentless, fast-paced offense answered immediately with two goals in 28 seconds, getting the first career goal by freshman Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) and one by senior Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) to pull ahead by a 14-4 margin. Sophomore Jack Collins (Barrington, RI) closed out the scoring for the Bears midway through the fourth quarter.

Brown is back in action again on Tuesday, March 8, with the Bears traveling to Worcester, MA, to battle Holy Cross. Face-off is 3:00 pm.