Brown Men outlast Bryant 9-8 To Capture the Ocean State Cup
The Brown Bears got off to a fast start finishing the first quarter with a 4-1 lead in the deciding game for the Ocean State Cup. Caputo, Jacob, Gural, and Kemp scored four unassisted goals for Brown in the first three minutes. Bryant finally got on the scoreboard at the 9:42 mark with a goal form Tom Kennedy. For the next three quarters Brown needed “all hands on deck” to hold off a tremendous Bryant Bulldog comeback. The Bulldogs outscored the Bears 7-5 for the remainder of the game including holding Brown to no goals in the fourth quarter.
Perhaps the best highlights of the evening were the show put on by both goalies. Recently named Lacrosse Magazine “National Player of the Week” Brown goalie, Jack Kelly, did a great job in goal stopping many point blank shots. Kelly made 10 saves on the night. Not to be outdone, Bryant goalie, Gunnar Waldt had 15 saves. This was a game where the goalies made the difference in keeping it close.
Brown surged ahead at the beginning of the third quarter with an 8-3 lead on goals by Jacob and Bellistri. Bryant’s Morrell and Schlansker closed the gap to 8-5 in the third quarter. Dylan Molloy scored his 53rd goal of the season to extend Brown’s lead to 9-5 with a quarter to play. That would be Brown’s last goal of the game.
In the fourth quarter Collins Gantz scored just four minutes in narrowing the score to 9-6. Shane Morrell would score his third of the night with approximately 9:30 to play and score again to narrow Brown’s lead to 9-8. The Bulldogs had their chances in the final minutes of the game but could not convert and even up the score.
Brown plays their final game of the season this Saturday, April 25th versus Dartmouth in Hanover, NH. If Brown defeats Dartmouth and Princeton loses to Cornell, then Brown will win the regular season Ivy League title and host the conference championship. The Brown versus Bryant game was the last regular season game for the Bulldogs. Bryant has already qualified for the NEC conference playoffs and will play Hobart in Philadelphia in the semi-finals next Thursday, April 30th.