November 7, 2011

Fall Ball Brief

Tiffany Emphasizing Chemistry to Fill Holes at Brown

by Chris R. Vaccaro |


Brown coach Lars Tiffany said the leadership of senior captains Parker Brown and Rob Schlesinger is key in replacing 12 graduated seniors.
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Brown graduated 12 seniors from last year's roster, including Andrew Feinberg, who finished his career as the fourth all-time leading scorer in program history, and All-American defender Peter Fallon.

Brown coach Lars Tiffany said the raw talent is slightly down from years past, which is why his programs top priority for the 2011-12 school year isn't necessarily filling in holes on the field, but instead making sure they operate as one unit without individual agendas.

Fall Ball Priority: According to Tiffany, the priority this fall and for most of the 2012 season will be complete team unification. "It is every year," he said, "but especially this year."

Thanks to senior captains Parker Brown and Rob Schlesinger, Brown got off to a brilliant start with its leadership initiatives.

"Those two men have already proven to me they understand the toughness needed to lead," Tiffany said. "The rest of the men are falling in line. They're all making sure Brown men's lacrosse is one really tight unit."

Know this Name: Sophomore attackman Sam Hurster has proven he is prepared to make an impact in the spring. He sustained two different injuries during his freshman season and was limited to just 10 games in 2011. The St. Louis product (Ladue Horton Watkins) scored two goals in a win over Dartmouth towards the end of last season. "We've seen him in practice and knew he could be a legitimate scoring threat," Tiffany said. "We're starting to see him flourish."

Freshmen on the Rise: Nick Piroli, from Carthage Central High School in upstate New York, has a strong chance of starting at attack. Long Island product Stephen Loudon (Babylon) has been moonlighting as a defender and could see time at long stick. Tiffany is high on his athleticism and at one point could have never expected Loudon to be in the fold as much as he has been on the defensive end so far this year.

New Goalies in the Mix: Matt Chriss started 13 of 14 games last season in net, compiling an 8.54 goals against average. He leaves a void to fill. Sophomore Will Round, who played in parts of five games last season, and newcomer Corbin Booker, from Philadelphia, will duke it out for playing time in the crease.

Defense Up for Grabs: Juniors Roger Ferguson, Sam Ford and Clay Del Prince have all played significantly during their first two years at Brown and that won't change this year. Beyond that there is "not a lot of depth," Tiffany said. "We'll have to find people to fill that role for us and whoever does will have a lot to do with how successful we are."

Verdict: If the leadership holds up and Tiffany has his way with this group of players in terms of setting a tone in the locker room, then things could head in the right direction. Losing Feinberg, Fallon and Chriss hurts as well, so you'll have to wait until the spring to see how the certain players respond to the increased playing time and responsibility.

News and Notes: Tiffany said there were no major injuries to report from fall sessions. Freshman Tyler Landis, who was selected to Lacrosse Magazine's Freshman 15 to Watch list, was dinged up with a foot injury, but will be fully healthy for the spring. Tiffany said they experimented with him as a defensive midfielder and regular midfielder for a short period of time since, "he sees the field well for a freshman." ... Former Johns Hopkins All-American Steven Boyle and former Centenary College head coach Michael Brand were named assistant coaches at Brown this month. ... Brown filmed an off-season video talking about its program, highlighting the upcoming season and paying homage to its tradition. It's an interesting few minutes, produced by Caz Rubacky. Check it out below.

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