Dylan Molloy, Lars Tiffany Repeat as Ivy League Player, Coach of the Year

Brown News Release…

Providence, R.I. – Brown junior All-American Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) has been named the unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year for the second straight season as he headlines the All-Ivy Men’s Lacrosse Team that includes nine Brown honorees. In addition, Brown head coach Lars Tiffany was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year for the second straight season after guiding the second-ranked Bears to a school record 14 wins (14-1), the Ivy League Championship and the number one seed in the Ivy League Tournament.

Joining Molloy on the All-Ivy First Team is senior All-American goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, MY), junior All-American long stick middy Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT), senior face-off specialist Will Gural (Haverford, PA), senior middy Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY), and junior defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario).  Sophomore defenseman JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) earned Second Team All-Ivy honors, while senior attackmen Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) and Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) were Honorable Mention All-Ivy selections.

Molloy, who was the Ivy League and New England Player of the Year in 2015, is fast becoming one of the top players in NCAA history.  A leading candidate for the Tewaarton Award as the nation’s top player, his 99 points this season (51 goals, 48 assists) rank 16th all-time in the NCAA record book, and he’s challenging Albany’s Lyle Thompson for the NCAA single season scoring record of 128 points. Molloy leads the country in assists (3.2 per game) and points (6.6 per game), and ranks third in goals (3.4 per game). A four-time Ivy League Player of the Week in 2016, Molloy is the 12th player in Brown history to score 100 or more goals (142) and ranks third on Brown’s all-time scoring list with 230 career points, 10th best in Ivy League history. 

Molloy is the fifth Ivy to be named Player of the Year at least twice, joining Princeton’s Ryan Boyle (2002, 2004), Cornell’s Eamon McEneaney (1975, 1977), Brown’s Jordan Burke (2007, 2008) and Cornell’s Rob Pannell (2010, 2011, 2013), and the first unanimous Player of the Year since Princeton’s Tylor Fiorito in 2012.

A two-time First Team All-Ivy selection and All-American in 2015, Kelly leads the country in save percentage (.626), ranks eighthin goals against average (7.74), and 15th in saves per game (11.27). His 620 career saves rank third all-time at Brown, just 11 short of the Brown career mark. Kelly came up with a big performance in Brown’s win over Virginia with 13 saves in 55 minutes of play. Kelly was named the USILA Defensive Player of the Week after making nine of his 12 saves in the first half vs. Cornell, allowing just five goals, and making 10 saves in a win over cross-town rival Providence, while allowing just six goals.

Kemp, a Second Team All-American a year ago, is equally adept on the offensive and defensive ends of the field, and excels on the wing during face-offs. He currently ranks 12th nationally in caused turnovers (1.8 per game) and has four goals and 12 assists on the season.  Kemp picked up 10 ground balls and caused three turnovers in Brown’s win over Dartmouth. An offensive threat, Kemp whistled in a goal vs. Providence and had three assists vs. Penn. He picked up six ground balls and caused two turnovers vs. Princeton, and disrupted #14 Harvard for five turnovers, while picking up seven ground balls in Brown’s 11-8 win over the Crimson.

Gural ranks second in the nation in face-off percentage, winning 197-of-283 (.696) face-offs, and is sixth nationally in ground balls (7.29 per game). He proved his value in Brown’s win over Virginia by winning 18-of-26 face-offs and scoring a career-high three goals, all directly off face-offs. Gural captured 17-of-18  face-offs vs. Dartmouth, while picking up 10 ground balls. He was named the Ivy League and Baltimore Sun National Player of the Week after scoring two goals and handing out two assists in Brown’s win over #1 Yale, while picking up 11 ground balls and winning 19-of 27 face-offs, including 11-of-13 face-offs in the second half.

Caputo has been a mainstay of the Brown midfield for four years and has posted 113 career points with 68 goals and 45 assists. He eclipsed the 100-point mark with a goal and two assists in Brown’s win over then #1 Yale.  Caputo has 17 goals and 14 assists for the season after scoring a goal and an assist in Brown’s win over Virginia. He had a goal and two assists in Brown’s win over Dartmouth. Caputo netted three goals and assisted on another to help Brown clinch the Ivy title vs. Cornell.

Anchoring the Bears’ close defense is Tulett,  a two-year starter for the Bears, who currently ranks 14th in the nation in ground balls (5.73). Tulett picked up five ground balls and caused a turnover in Brown’s win over Virginia.  He picked up eight ground balls in the Bears’ victory over cross-town rival Providence, and had seven ground balls in Brown’s win over then #1 Yale. Tulett excelled on the offensive side of the ball against Princeton, scoring two goals, while also picking up seven ground balls against the Tigers. Tulett picked up seven ground balls and caused two turnovers in the Bears’ 11-8 win over #14 Harvard, and helped Brown win 26-of-30 face-offs vs. Holy Cross by picking up a career-high 11 ground balls.

Ntshaykolo is known as Brown’s shut-down defenseman, covering the opponent’s top offensive threat. He started all 15 games for the Bears and helped anchor the Brown defense that ranked 12th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 8.33 goals per game. A close defenseman, who is known for his aggressive play, Ntshaykolo picked up 18 ground balls for the season.

A Top 25 nominee for the Tewaarton Award as the nation’s top player, Bellistri is another marksman for the Bears’ attack, who ranks second nationally with 4.93 points per game, and is third nationally in goals with 3.4 per game.  His 154 career points (112 goals, 42 assists) rank 11th all-time at Brown. Bellistri was named the Ivy League Player of the Week and the USILA/Lids Team Sports Division I Offensive Player of the Week after posting 13 goals and three assists in Brown wins over Holy Cross and Michigan.

Blynn is Brown’s third leading scorer with 54 points (42 goals, 12 assists) and his 141 career points (107 goals, 34 assists) are 18th in the Brown record book. He ranks ninth in the nation in goals with 2.8 per game, and is 36th nationally with 3.6 points per game. Blynn tossed in four goals in Brown’s win over Virginia and scored four goals in Brown’s win over Dartmouth.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Dylan Molloy, Brown (Jr., A – Setauket, N.Y.)

CO-ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
Reed Junkin, Penn (Fr., GK – Wayland, Mass.)
Simon Mathias, Penn (Fr., A – Ridgefield, Conn.)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Lars Tiffany, Brown

FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY^
Devin Dwyer, Harvard (Sr., A – Garden City, N.Y.)
*Dylan Molloy, Brown (Jr., A – Setauket, N.Y.)
Ben Reeves, Yale (So., A – Macedon, N.Y.)
Brendan Caputo, Brown (Sr., M – Westbury, N.Y.)
Zach Currier, Princeton (Jr., M – Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)
Michael Keasey, Yale (Sr., M – Newport Beach, Calif.)
Joe Lang, Harvard (So., M – Mill Valley, Calif.)
Bobby Duvnjak, Harvard (Sr., D – Manhasset, N.Y.)
Michael Quinn, Yale (Sr., D – Port Washington, N.Y.)
Alec Tulett, Brown (Jr., D – Toronto)
Connor Keating, Penn (So., LSM – Gladwyne, Pa.)
Larken Kemp, Brown (Jr., LSM – Greenwich, Conn.)
Will Gural, Brown (Sr., FO – Haverford, Pa.)
*Jack Kelly, Brown (Sr., GK – West Islip, N.Y.)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY%
Ryan Ambler, Princeton (Sr., A – Rydal, Pa.)
Morgan Cheek, Harvard (So., A – Wellesley, Mass.)
Nick Doktor, Penn (Sr., A – Rochester, N.Y.)
John Edmonds, Cornell (Sr., M – East Setauket, N.Y.)
Eric Scott, Yale (Jr., M – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
Austin Sims, Princeton (So., M – Fairfield, Conn.)
Kevin Gayhardt, Penn (Jr., D – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Chris Keating, Yale (Jr., D – Windham, N.H.)
Walker Kirby, Harvard (Sr., D – Morristown, N.J.)
JJ Ntshaykolo, Brown (So., D – San Francisco)
Jake Pulver, Cornell (So., D – Manilus, N.Y.)
Jack Breit, Harvard (Sr., LSM – Essex Fells, N.J.)
Dom Massimilian, Cornell (Jr., FO – Dallas)
Brennan Donville, Cornell (Sr., GK – Oakville, Ontario, Canada)
Reed Junkin, Penn (Fr., GK – Wayland, Mass.)

HONORABLE MENTION
Kylor Bellistri, Brown (Sr., A – Potomac, Md.)
Henry Blynn, Brown (Sr., A – Villanova, Pa.)
Simon Mathias, Penn (Fr., A – Ridgefield, Conn.)
Jack Korzelius, Dartmouth (So., M – Purchase, N.Y.)
Ryan Matthews, Cornell (Sr., M – Manhasset, N.Y.)
Bear Goldstein, Princeton (Jr., D – Dallas)
Sam Bonafede, Princeton (So., FO – Bayshore, N.Y.)

*-Unanimous selection
^-First team expanded from 12 due to ties in the voting
%-Second team expanded from 12 due to ties in the voting