March 24, 2013

Brown Shakes Flu, Beats High Point; UNC Next

from staff reports

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The Ivy League is stacked. But don't sleep on the Bears. Following a blowout win Sunday, the streaking Brown men's lacrosse team will set its sights on North Carolina.

The Bears rolled to their fifth straight win behind freshman Henry Blynn's career-high five goals, earning a 21-8 win over High Point at rainy Vert Stadium Sunday afternoon. The victory gave the Bears a 5-1 overall record and some momentum heading into Wednesday's game against the Tar Heels, who are coming off a big win over No. 1 Maryland.

High Point fell to 2-7 with the loss.

Brown coach Lars Tiffany was concerned about the health of his squad coming into the game, with several players missing practice during the week with flu-like symptoms that seemed to be going through the Brown campus. His fears soon were alleviated. The 21 goals were the most scored by a Brown team since a 21-9 victory over Providence in 1999.

Blynn's five goals came on eight shots, helping Brown out-shoot High Point by a 50-28 margin. Brown senior Johnny DePeters netted four goals, while junior Sam Hurster added three goals. Sophomore Nick Piroli and freshman Bailey Tills each scored two goals for the Bears.

All three Brown goalies saw action with freshman starter Jack Kelly making six saves, while allowing seven goals in 38:07. Junior Will Round allowed one goal in for 13:52, making six saves, and junior Wills Curley played the final 8:01 of the game without allowing a goal.

High Point was led by attackman Dan Lomas, who netted two goals. Austin Geisler made 14 saves in 32:18 of play in goalfor the Panthers.

Brown scored early and often, building an early 5-0 lead on two goals by Blynn and one each Hurster, Piroli and freshman Kylor Bellistri. Consecutive goals by Lomas for the Panthers cut Brown's lead to 5-2 after one quarter.

The second quarter was much of the same with the Bears out-scoring the Panthers by a 6-4 margin to grab an 11-6 lead at intermission. Blynn and DePeters each scored two goals in the quarter, while senior Alex Jones added one goal.

If the game was ever in doubt, a 7-2 Brown explosion in the third quarter put the game out of reach with the Bears building an 18-8 advantage.

Brown will travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Wednesday, March 27th, for a battle against #14 North Carolina, who is coming off a win over #1 Maryland. The game will be televised live on ESPNU, starting at 6:00 p.m.

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