Bryant Men’s Lacrosse Upsets In-State Rival #2 Brown In Overtime

Brown University Press Release

Providence, R.I. – It was the very definition of a trap game for the second-ranked and unbeaten Brown lacrosse team.  A midweek game in sub-freezing temperatures against a tough non-league opponent, sandwiched between two Saturday Ivy League games.  Brown (8-1) was unable to hold on to a three goal fourth quarter lead and fell to Bryant (6-3) by an 11-10 margin in overtime Tuesday evening at Stevenson-Pincince Field.

In a tough defensive battle, the Bears held a 9-6 lead with 6:35 left in the fourth quarter on senior Kylor Bellistri’s (Potomac, MD) second goal of the game.

The Bulldogs wouldn’t go away, cutting the Brown lead to 9-7 on a Tom Kennedy goal with 2:36 remaining and getting to within one goal, 9-8, when Ryan Sharpe found the back of the net with 1:46 remaining. Sharpe tied the game, 9-9, with 1:06 left to play.

Junior All-American LSM Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) lifted the Bears a 10-9 lead with 53-seconds left on the clock, but Brown couldn’t hold on in regulation with Bryant’s Tucker James sending the game into overtime, 10-10, with 27-seconds remaining.

In overtime, Bears’ junior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) was stopped by Bryant goalie Gunnar Waldt.  Bryant immediately cleared and got the game-winning goal by Shane Morrell, his third of the game, with 1:28 left in overtime, giving the Bulldogs the Ocean State Cup.

Bears’ senior attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) scored two goals, while Bellistri had two goals and two assists.  Molloy was held to just one goal, but the nation’s assist leader handed out five assists. Senior Brendan Caputo (westbury, NY), senior Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) and junior AJ Lucchese (Sudbury, MA) also scored goals for the Bears.

Senior All-American goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) was peppered by 47 shots, making 15 saves for the Bears.  Kemp turned in a yeoman’s performance with a goal, eight ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Waldt was the difference in the game for Bryant with 16 saves in regulation and 17 saves overall.   Morrell had three goals and an assist for the Bulldogs, while Sharpe also had three goals.

The Bears return to Ivy League action on Saturday, April 9, traveling to Philadelphia, PA to face Penn. Face-off is 12 noon at Franklin Field in a game broadcast on the ILDN and ESPN3.