Brown will play Villanova today at 3:00 today. With Brown University on Spring Break, the Brown men's lacrosse returns home to Stevenson-Pincince Field on Monday, March 25 for a rare weekday matinee matchup against Villanova. Face-off is 3:00 pm on ESPN+.
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The Bears:Brown (3-4, 1-0 Ivy) got three goals from senior Michael Panepinto, but UMass led from start-to-finish in a 14-7 Minuteman win over the Bears Saturday afternoon in Amherst, Mass.
The Wildcats:Villanova (4-4) is coming off a 12-8 win at Fairfield on Saturday. The Wildcats have earned wins over #1 Yale (11-10 ot), Hofstra (10-9 ot) and Delaware (17-9), with losses to #9 Penn State (17-7), Penn (13-11), Drexel (15-10) and #6 Maryland (17-7).
Brown-Villanova – Series Record:Brown and Villanova have met three times, dating back to 2016, with the Bears holding a 2-1 series advantage. Last year, Luke McCaleb scored three goals, including two in the fourth quarter, to rally Brown from a 6-1 second quarter deficit and come away with a 12-9 win over #4 Villanova in Philadelphia. In 2017, Villanova earned with a 17-15 win over the Bears in Providence.
All-American Phil Goss In Goal: Goalie Phil Goss '20 (San Francisco, CA), a First Team All-Ivy selection and Honorable Mention All-American, is recognized as one of the top goalies in the nation. Goss, who was named to the 2019 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, came up big in Brown's win over Harvard with 14 saves and made 15 saves in Brown's overtime loss to #12 Virginia. Against Holy Cross, Goss made 14 saves, including three in the two overtime periods. He registered eight saves in Brown's season opening win over Quinnipiac and had nine saves in an overtime win over UMBC. A preseason Second Team All-American, Goss made 13.13 saves per game to rank second nationally in 2018. He also ranked 15th in the nation and second in the Ivy League in save percentage (.538). As a freshman, he led the nation in saves (12.75 saves per game) and started all 16 games, playing 900 out of a possible 967:31 minutes. He turned in several virtuoso performances with 20 saves in Brown's 2017 Ivy League Tournament win over Princeton and 19 saves against Rutgers and Penn. Coming into the 2019 season, Goss had played 1746:27 minutes out of a possible 1869:38 minutes in his Brown career.
Panepinto Finds The Back of the Net: Middy Michael Panepinto '19 (Needham, MA) has been a mainstay of the Bears' midfield since his freshman season and paced the Bears with three goals and an assist vs. UMass. Panepinto opened the 2019 season with two goals against Quinnipiac and added a goal vs. Stony Brook. He netted a goal and an assist vs. #12 Virginia and added a goal vs. Harvard. An All-Ivy Honorable Mention selection in 2018, Panepinto led Brown in scoring with 27 goals, while adding 10 assists.
McCaleb Cracks Century Mark In Career Points: Brown's attack is led by Luke McCaleb '20 (Chevy Chase, MD), who leads the Bears with 27 points (20 goals, 7 assists). McCaleb, who tossed in two goals vs. UMass, netted a career high five goals in the Bears' overtime win over UMBC and followed that up with a hat-trick vs. #12 Virginia. He netted two goals in Brown's Ivy win over Harvard. McCaleb got off to a great start to the season, scoring three goals and handing out five assists for a career high eight points vs. Quinnipiac. He added two goals and an assist vs. Stony Brook.
Career Goals: 70 Career Assists: 51 Career Points:121
More Attackmen: Coach Mike Daly returns a slew of attackmen, who expect to see action in 2019. Jack Kniffin '20 (Darien, CT) scored goals against Quinnipiac, Stony Brook and UMBC, and has registered 35 career goals. Jackson Newsome '19 (Arlington, VA) netted two goals vs. both Harvard and #12 Virginia. He scored two goals and added an assist vs. Quinnipiac and tossed in two goals vs. UMBC.
Cook Has Right Recipe: Bears' first-year attackman Darian Cook '22 (Redding, CT) was recently named one of the Top 25 freshmen in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, coming in at number 19. He has made an immediate impact in Brown's offense with 17 goals and eight assists. Cook scored three goals and handed out two assists vs. Holy Cross. He had a goal and an assist vs. #12 Virginia and scored three goals and added an assist vs. Harvard. Cook scored three goals in his collegiate debut vs. Quinnipiac. He came back vs. Stony Brook with five consecutive fourth quarter goals in being named the Ivy Rookie of the Week. He had two goals and two assists vs. UMBC.
More Middies: Brown's midfield looks strong with the return of Carson Song '19 (Charlotte, NC),Ryan Aughavin '21 (Glen Head, NY) along with defensive middy Riley Stewart '21 (Darien, CT). Song netted two goals against Quinnipiac and #12 Virginia and is expected to swing between attack and midfield. Aughavin stepped up vs. Holy Cross with four goals and an assist. He had a big game vs. #12 Virginia with five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and came back with three goals and an assist vs. Harvard. Aughaven opened the 2019 season with three goals against Quinnipiac and added a goal vs. Stony Brook, and scored the game-winning goal in overtime vs. UMBC. Stewart scored Brown's first goal of the season vs. Quinnipiac, added an assist and four ground balls vs. Quinnipiac and netted a goal vs. UMBC.
Grell Scores From The Midfield: Bears' sophomore middy George Grell (Short Hills, NJ) ranks third on the Brown team in scoring with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists). Grell, who wears the familiar #4 jersey, scored three goals, including the game winner vs. Harvard with 1:40 remaining, and came back with two assists vs. Holy Cross. Grell had a goal and an assist vs. #20 UMass. He opened the season with three goals and two assists against Quinnipiac and had two goals vs. #12 Virginia. Grell added a goal and four assists vs. Stony Brook, and netted a goal and two assists vs. UMBC.
Defensive Front: The Bears return an experienced back line with Alex Santangelo '19 (Medfield, MA), Michael Brown '20 (Wilton, CT) and Jackson Caputo '21 (Riverside, CT) returning. Santangelo has played in 54 career games, including 19 games for Brown's 2016 NCAA National Semifinalist team. Brown picked-up five ground balls and caused three turnovers vs. Quinnipiac and scored his first career goal vs. Harvard. Caputo, who had an assist and picked up four ground balls vs. Quinnipiac, played four games a year ago, scoring a goal and one assist, but missed most of the season due to injury. He had an assist and picked up three ground balls vs. #12 Virginia.
Ivy League Tournament: For the second straight year, the four-team 2019 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 3, and the finals on Sunday, May 5.
Facing-Off: The Bears have big shoes to fill with the graduation of All-Ivy face-off man Ted Ottens. Daly will look to Matt McShea '21 (Winnetka, IL) and Jason Simaan '20 (Newport Beach, CA) to compete at the face-off x. Simaan captured 8-of-17 face-offs in Brown's opener vs. Quinnipiac and won 14-of-23 face-offs vs. Stony Brook. He also won 15-of-23 face-offs vs. UMBC and was 18-of-27 vs. Harvard. McShea had a successful outing vs. UMBC, capturing 6-of-8 face-offs and came back by winning 11-of-23 face-offs vs. #12 Virginia. He captured 5-of-7 face-offs vs. Harvard.
Head Coach Mike Daly:Third-year head Brown lacrosse coach Mike Daly posted a 10-6 overall record in his initial season on College Hill and has brought the Bears to the Ivy League Tournament in each of his two seasons at Brown, including the finals in 2017. 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.
The Ivy League on ESPN: Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing a monthly package for $4.99 or a yearly package for $49.99. Mike Rubin '00 will call the play for all Brown home games with Mike Mancuso '98 providing the analysis.
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.
Coaching Staff: Joining head coach Mike Daly and assistant coach Brett Holm on the Bears coaching staff this year are a pair of former head coaches – John Svec from Siena and Michael Higgins from Trinity.
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